By Kenton Rambsy and Howard Rambsy II
On Jay Z’s first album Reasonable Doubt (1996), he uses the word “like” 75 times. The data visualization below charts the frequency of the word “like” across the entire re-issued album in 1998, which also included the Jay Z's song "Can I Live, II."
[Related: Jay Z, Reasonable Doubt, and Similes]
Note: In our assessment of Jay Z’s uses of the word “like,” we only included his verses, intros, and outros. We excluded hooks, refrains, and guest appearances.
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