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Eminem's 'Rap God' is Impressive. But His Sign Language Interpreter? She's Something Else

By Petr Knava | Videos | August 14, 2018 |

By Petr Knava | Videos | August 14, 2018 |


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There’s a verse in Eminem’s ‘Rap God’ which is notable just for the self-aware speed at which Eminem dishes it out. He gets out 101 words in 16.45 seconds, which is about 6.14 words per second, on average.

The verse goes like this:

Uh, summa lumma dooma lumma you assuming I’m a human

What I gotta do to get it through to you I’m superhuman

Innovative and I’m made of rubber

So that anything you say is ricocheting off of me and it’ll glue to you and

I’m devastating, more than ever demonstrating

How to give a motherfuckin’ audience a feeling like it’s levitating

Never fading, and I know the haters are forever waiting

For the day that they can say I fell off, they’ll be celebrating

‘Cause I know the way to get ‘em motivated

I make elevating music, you make elevator music

It’s a bit of self-aggrandising fluff, but it’s undeniable that the speed and the delivery is impressive.

What’s even more impressive is Holly Maniatty. Sign language interpreter extraordinaire who has worked with, among others, the Wu-Tang Clan. A few videos of her have gone viral in the past.

There is a great interview with Ms Maniatty here, but suffice it to say this is a woman who goes above and beyond the call of duty. As per Reddit user ScoopOfKarma:

I never tire of seeing videos of this woman pop up. Her name is Holly Maniatty and she puts a shit ton of work in behind the scenes. She explained in an interview that she gets the song lists in advance and works through the lyrics, researches the backgrounds of the artist and time the song was created for extra social context, etc. She really immerses herself into the full song and spirit, way above just memorizing and translating some words. It’s so damn impressive to watch her.

But, really, seeing her in action is what you need right now:



Petr is a staff contributor. You can follow him on Twitter.



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