Rap is a genre of music that involves “chanting” of words, usually quickly. Rhyming and content flow also determines the success of any rap song. Over time, there have been great rappers – some alive, others not so much.
While it’s not the only measure of how successful a musician is, how fast a rapper raps always wow their listeners. In fact, some music lovers have taken it upon themselves to single out many syllables a singer can sing in a second. Using that criteria, here is an all-time list of the fastest rappers.
If you don’t love rap and hip hop, you can easily mistake Eminem’s lyricism for quarreling. Of course, if you listen to some of his lyrics, they are controversial enough. However, everything aside, the “Rap God” singer is easily one of the best to ever do it. Many talented artists use his music career as a roadmap to success.
It’s tough to single out the fastest rapper from the fans’ point of view– everybody has their favorites. In such a quagmire, we consult the Guinness World Records, which puts Eminem as the fastest rapper.
Through his hit single, Godzilla, released in 2020, Eminem hits 11 syllables per second, earning him the crown. According to the World Guinness record is the only “according to” that matters, so there are no more disputes about the fastest rapper.
The battle for the fastest rappers is highly contested. Underground talents are pushing the boundaries from where greats such as Eminem, Twista, and Busta Rhymes left. Though not officially recognized, Crucified is one such rapper who has refused to abide by the limits of the greats in the game.
Combining rapid-fire delivery and blistering speed, Crucified has hit levels as high as 28 syllables per second. With this lightning-fast precision, listening to his songs makes you feel like you are hearing a verbal whirlwind. Because of this, most listeners and the Guinness World Record don’t recognize him.
3. Busta Rhymes
Trevor George Smith Jr., famously known as Busta Rhymes, is a successful American Rapper and entrepreneur who continues to grace the showbiz industry. He broke into the hip-hop genre by announcing himself as a fast rapper.
In his track, “Break Ya Neck,” the rapper lives up to its title by rapping in an impressive 9 words per second. It’s one of the quickest songs for him and most lyricists.
Coupled with half and internal rhyme, Busta Rhymes uses breakneck speed to rap and amaze his listeners. He is also great at freestyling, highlighting why he deserves to sit on legendary rapid rappers’ tables.
Anyone who grew up in the 90s and loved rap music knows Mista Tung Twista’s prowess. Officially known as Carl Terrell Mitchell, Twista derives his stage name from the phrase “Tung Twista” (tongue twister). True to this, his rapid rapping style sounds more like tongue twisters.
Twista has collaborated with many other great artists over his career. They include Ludacris, Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, and Busta Rhymes. He holds a Guinness World record for the fastest song ever recorded. With one of his tracks clocking 6.9 seconds, it ranks among the fastest of all time.
5. Twisted Insane
Twisted Insane and Twista are two different rappers, but that is not where their similarities end – they are both fast rappers. In his hit, Brain Sick 1.0, Twisted Insane clocks an impressive 12 syllables per second. This is even faster than Eminem’s “Godzilla” but it is not formally recognized.
The rapper, whose official name is Michael Johnson, hails from San Diego, California. Other than rapping, he writes songs for other artists.
6. Nicki Minaj
In a field that is vastly dominated by men, rappers like Cardi B and Nicki Minaj have done well for themselves. A part of the song “I’m Out” by Ciara featuring Nicki Minaj hits an impressive 5.4 syllables per second.
Even though it’s not as impressive as Eminem’s Godzilla or Twisted Insane’s Brain Sick 1.0, Nicki Minaj’s efforts in the song are worth mentioning.