Eminem is known for some pretty big songs, ‘Lose Yourself’ springs to mind, as does ‘Without Me’ and his collaboration with Rhianna for ‘Love The Way You Lie’ to name a few.
With an impressive fan following, he is renowned for his speedy yet witty rapping abilities. But do you know how good he is in numbers?
The stuff of urban legend, there was always that one person in your university halls who believed that being able to rap Eminem’s ‘Rap God’ was a personality trait, a party trick that would be brought to life at each event over the course of the following three years. And somehow, people never seem to tire of this impressive feat.
The 2013 hit, ‘Rap God’, saw Eminem rap 97 word in no less than 15 seconds, equating to 6.46 words per second. This however would later appear to be a modest achievement compared to his later work.
Half a decade later, Eminem broke his own record in 2018 as a guest on Nicki Minaj’s ‘Majesty’ with a mouthful of 78 words in 12 seconds, 6.5 words per second.
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Seemingly not satisfied with the already award-winning speed of his lyrics, Eminem pushed even further, revealing 225 words across a 30 second segment, meaning that an incredible 7.5 words per second left the rapper’s mouth on 2020’s track, ‘Godzilla’.
Thus creating the title of the fastest rap in a No.1 single on 25 January 2020, recognised by Guinness World Records.
If you fancy listening for yourself to marvel at his talents, the verse in question begins with the line “Fill ‘em with the venom and eliminate ‘em” at 2 minutes and 57 seconds into the track and concludes with the line “I’m not afraid to pull the…” at 3 min 27 seconds.
Including the section of verse three from the line “Trigger happy, pack heat, but it’s black ink” (from 2 min 45 seconds), Eminem spits out 284 words in 42 seconds, creating an average of 6.76 words per second and claiming victory previously held by ‘Majesty’ and ‘Rap God’.
In total, the 3 minutes, 31 seconds long track ‘Godzilla’ contains 959 words throughout its duration, an average of 4.54 words per second.
This is considerably less than the 1,560 words that appear in the 6 minutes, 4 seconds long ‘Rap God’ which still holds the title for the most words in a hit single.
‘Godzilla’ graces Eminem’s 2020 chart-topping album ‘Music to be Murdered by’ and features the late Juice WRLD in the chorus.
On 30 January 2020, the song debuted at No.1 on the UK’s Official Singles Chart and when the album also debuted at No.1 in the same week, resulting in a UK chart double. This is Eminem’s 9th consecutive studio album to make it to the top in the UK chart.