Hemphill says that he wants this project to help explain and reveal new ideas regarding hip-hop -- for example, determining whether Adidas or Nike is the bigger hip-hop signifier. Currently, the main project is still in development. But his blog archives are loaded with hilarious breakdowns of specific songs that assign each a literacy grade, such as this. He also has videos and posts showing the development of the Hip-Hop Word Count software in action. The project is in the final stages of development, and users have already pledged over $4200. This has the potential to be something really, really awesome.