Rap is a typical form of music where artists perform with full vocal and verbal lyrics. Some view rap as the successor of hip-hop music. Others say that rap is integrated with the basic form of hip-hop music. But one thing is certain, hip-hop artists have influenced rap for years. One difference between rap and hip hop? Speed. The fastest rap songs have a much higher BPM than hip hop classics.
Some of the early hip-hop music dates back to the 1970s. The word rap actually started gaining momentum in the past several years. Looking at the dictionary, it means “to strike” and “light blow”.
Fun fact: while rap is a fast music genre, it does not have the fastest song ever. In fact, Thousand by Moby is the fastest song ever, with a beats-per-minute tempo peaking at 1,015.
With that in mind, here are some of the fastest rap songs.
Break Ya Neck – Busta Rhymes
Busta is famous as one of the fastest rappers. He can just throw words within seconds out there. And his Break Ya Neck song is among the fastest ever.
He released the single as part of the fifth album, Genesis in 2001. Truth Hurts gave the background vocals, and Dr. Dre produced the song.
Immediately, the song earned the reputation for the fastest rap song ever. The song has a tempo of 83 BPM, but it can also be doubled at 166. It runs for 3 minutes and 51 seconds. The track contains 758 words in 231 seconds, which would say Busta says 3.28 words per second.
Rap God – Eminem
Eminem is among the most famous rappers. He has a couple of titles he can claim. For one, he is “the best white American rapper”. And he can also rap fast.
His fastest rap song is Rap God, a song he released in October 2013 through YouTube. The song literally made him The Rap God.
The song contains the highest number of rap lyrics at 1,560 words. He also got nominated for Grammy for Best Rap Performance with this song.
Rap God helped Eminem get in the Guinness Book of World Records as well. He sang 1,560 words in 6 minutes and 4 seconds, making it the fastest rap song.
The song has a tempo of 72BPM. It was the third single on his eighth studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Rap God contains references to previous conflicts in his career. Critics praised his lyrical ability and rapping speed.
Worldwide Choppers – Tech N9ne
This song plays at 130 beats per minute and contains 1533 words. Tech sings 4.68 words per second, making it one of the fastest rap performances. He crams around 13 or more syllables in every second.
With this song, Tech N9ne entered the world of fastest and most technically adept rappers in the world. Many considered him the king of speed rapping even before. But he took things to a whole new level with Worldwide Choppers.
Bringing rapid-fire rap throughout the song, Tech made a name for himself. Fun fact: the song contains words in Danish and Turkish language.
Creep Fast – Twista
The song has a tempo of 75 BPM, but it can also be used double-time at 150BPM. It runs for 3 minutes and 23 seconds.
The song made it to Twista’s Adrenaline Rush album, released in 2007. It is one of his fastest tracks. Featuring T-Pain, the song easily makes it on our list.
The Evergassin Gobstopper – Twisted Insane
Twisted Insane is another rapper who can sing a couple of words in a second. This track has a tempo of 87BPM. But as with many others, it can be used double-time at 174 BPM.
The artist released this song on his Monster in the Dark album in 2007. He uses the chopper-style rap originating in the Midwest for the album and the song in particular.
Twisted Insane has a history of fast rapping. After all, he was featured on World Choppers by Tech N9ne as well.
From da Tip of My Tongue – Twista
In the past few years, Twista made a name for himself thanks to his rapid-fire rapping. This song came on his debut album, Runnin off at da mouth. Just after the album was released, Twista won the Guinness world record for the world’s fastest rapper. He held the record for a while before Eminem came with Rap God and snatched it away from him.
The song has a tempo of 82BMP, but it can also be used double-time at 164BMP.
Jus’ A Rascal – Dizzee Rasccal
If you want to listen to some fast rapping, check this track. Not only it is fast, but it also shows Dizzee’s amazing talent. Check his ridiculous technique from 2.42 onwards.
The song contains 759 words in 208 seconds, which would translate to 3.64 words per second. It has a BPM of 83, but as with most fast rap songs, it can be used double-time at 166BPM. During this standout track, Dizzee manages to cram in a surprising number of words.
Midwest Choppers – Tech N9ne
We already talked about Tech N9ne and his ability to rap extremely fast. This one might not be as fast as Worldwide Choppers, but it still has a nice speed.
Fun fact: the songs Midwest Choppers and Worldwide Choppers have made the term “Choppers” to describe Midwestern rapping chopper style.
The song has a tempo of 133 beats per minute. When used double time, that is one hell of a speed.
Godzilla – Eminem
Eminem has made a name for himself in the world of warp-speed rapping. We said before that he made the Guinness Book of World Records in 2013 with his hit single Rap God. Eminem also found his way with a guest verse on Nicki Minaj’s ‘majesty, where he raps 85 words in just 12 seconds. Now that is one amazing feat.
And then he took things to a whole new level in 2020. Godzilla features his fastest rapping yet. How fast you ask? Well, the song has 948 words in 244 seconds, translating to 3.88 words per second. But if that doesn’t sound astonishing, listen to the third verse. It contains 224 words in just 31 seconds, resulting in 7.23 words per second.
I’m on Everything – Bad Meets Evil
This song is unique in the world of fast rapping. The original tempo is 109 BPM. But it can also be used half-time at 55BPM or double time 219BPM.
Eminem produced the album Hell: The Sequel for the gang Bad Meets Evil. I’m on Everything is the most successful track from that album.