Following last week’s surprise release of Eminem’s 11th studio album Music to be Murdered By, “Godzilla” has become a breakout hit and a world speed record setter.
The track, which also features the late Chicago rapper Juice Wrld, contains a tongue-twisting third verse is likely the rap genre’s fastest ever, according to Highsnobiety. In the final 30 seconds, the Detroit-bred emcee spits 224 words containing 330 syllables, averaging 10.65 syllables and 7.23 words per second.
Lyric data base Genius reports that Em’s “Godzilla” performance is faster than the one he recorded for Nicki Minaj’s “Majesty,” on which he raps 123 syllables and 85 words in 12 seconds for an average of 10.3 syllables and 7.08 words per second.
“Godzilla” also outpaces 2013’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 single “Rap God.” A section of that track sees Eminem rap 157 syllables and 99 words in 16.3 seconds for an average of 9.6 syllables and 6.07 words per second.
Lyrical math equations aside, Music to be Murdered By is on course to become Eminem’s 10th No. 1 album, according to Billboard. Meanwhile, “Godzilla” has over 10 million listens on YouTube alone, and the music video for the anti-gun violence rap ballad “Darkness” has nearly 20 million views.