Ryan's love for hip hop and data inspired her to create ProTag. She grew
up listening to 90s West Coast rap and considers this an ode her 14 year old
self, who was often punished growing up for rapping the explicit lyrics of
her favorite rap songs.
In middle school, she developed a stan-like interest in the music by
Pharrell Williams. Through her research of Williams, Ryan learned he was
one-half of the production duo,
, who, by
2003, produced 43% of the songs played on US radio. This got her interested
in learning about the beat makers of her other favorite songs to see how
they compared to The Neptunes. There was a wealth of information on the web
about a song's performers, but, unfortunately, not much about its producers,
and certainly not in a digestible format.
She appreciated Genius' (formerly Rap Genius) documentation of producers and
thus chose their API for ProTag. Her goal is to shed more light on the
people behind the scenes of her favorite genre of music and mesh her
interests and experiences data analyzing and modeling as a former Financial
Data Analyst and Economics grad to visualize the ever-tangling web of the
hip-hop music industry.
Ryan hopes to share ProTag with The Neptunes and every producer she features
on her site and expand it to visualize the production data of other genres
Want to learn more about ProTag or Ryan, leave feedback, request a feature
of your favorite producer, or introduce her to a music producer?!