You'll be surprised to find out who tops the list
William Shakespeare is widely regarded as having one of the largest vocabularies of all time, with 28,829 unique words throughout the span of his published works. This data suggests he may have possessed a real Moby Dick of a catalog in his noggin with somewhere around 100,000 words in his vocabulary. Data scientist Matt Daniels took this and compared it with the biggest names in hip-hop to determine which rapper takes the cake for biggest vocabulary.
By cross referencing the first 35,000 words from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, the first 5,000 words of 7 of some of Shakespeare’s most known plays, and the fist 35,000 words of each rappers catalog (that’s probably about 3-4 albums minimum) Daniels’ study left some surprising results that might or might not “silk the shock” you.