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.
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:
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