Rap is one of the most divisive musical genres of all. Some love it, some hate it, but it has to be said that when rap is done well it’s an entertaining and powerful artform. Some rappers have made it big, with albums selling in the tens of million, but others sit in the shadows happy to perform and create, but not looking for the limelight. But the big question we have is this: who is the fastest rapper of them all?
Is it a mega-selling artist or one you’ve never heard of? There’s a great article on the fastest rappers in the world at No Majesty, and it’s worth a read. We’ve picked a few names to look at and you may be surprised who comes top of the list.
The Fastest Rappers
Think of rappers who are current, and Eminem always springs to mind. Hugely creative and massively popular, Marshall Mathers mashes great words with stunning hooks to achieve his own take on the genre, and it’s one that also puts him high in the speed rankings.
We wouldn’t have guessed that Eminem would rank high as he’s not one regarded for super-fast delivery, but Slim Shady managed to find his way into none other than the Guinness Book of Records. Why? Because his single ‘Rap God’ – six-minute epic – includes no fewer than 1560 unique words, delivered at a rate of 4.28 per second, making it the hit song with the most words in it! That’s some achievement that will take beating, but is the fastest? Not by some way!
Twista and Friends
Twista may not be the most prevalent rapper out there and is perhaps best known for collaborations with the likes of big hip-hop stars such as Busta Rhymes and Chance the Rapper. Rappers like to collaborate, but any will have to go a long way to match Twista who can fit an incredible 11.2 syllables in a single second. Try speaking that fast never mind delivering a lyric, and you’ll see just how amazing that is.
Busta Rhymes himself features on the list as he’s famed for fast delivery across his huge selection of hit singles and collaborations, while other big names include Tech N9ne, known for his ability to deliver incredibly fast lyrics with quick changes to tempo, and Tonedeff, a rapper who is highly regarded among his peers for his creativity, originality and speed and clarity of delivery.
If we agree that Twista is still the king of speed among the world of rap it’s also worth remembering that his entry into the Guinness Book of Records with a song that cemented the ‘Chopper’ style of rapping into music folklore was back in 1992. That’s almost 30 years ago! Surely someone has to have a go at stealing Twista’s long-worn crown in the 21st century?
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