Eminem, arguably one of the greatest lyricist in hip-hop, living or dead, recently found his way into the Guinness Book of World Records for the second time. His song “Rap God” has the Most Words In A Hit Single, clocking in at 1,560 unique words. An incredible feat, but Marshall’s not the first emcee to find his way into the record book. Here’s a list of 9 other emcees who’ve graced the pages of Guinness.
Aten “A10” Williams for Longest Freestyle Rap
The MC from Dallas, TX managed to continuously freestyle for 17 hours and 7 seconds straight this past June, taking the title.
Eminem for Fastest Selling Hip-Hop Artist
“Rap God” isn’t Slim Shady’s first time breaking into Guinness. In 2000, he entered the book of world records at the fastest selling hip-hop artist after 1.76 million copies of “The Marshall Mathers LP” shipped in its first week.
Lil’ Wayne for Most US Hot 100 hits
Mr. Carter’s knack for putting out hit after hit earned him a spot in the book, too. Between 1999 and 2010, Lil’ Wayne had 64 singles hit the US Billboard Hot 100 list.
Twista for Fastest Rapper Alive
Twista may not be high up on the mainstream radar, but he’s still pretty well known for his fast rapping. Guinness acknowledged him in 1992 as the Fastest Rapper Alive at a rate of 11.2 syllables a second.
Tupac Shakur for Highest Selling Rap Artist of All Time
Even in death, Tupac managed to surprise fans all over the world, whether it be through releasing new music or breaking records. By 2004, Makaveli had sold 67 million albums worldwide, and Guinness gave him the title eight years after his death.
Rev. Run for Most Retweets
The hip-hop pioneer has kept busy in the years since Run DMC as he’s one of the most retweeted personalities on Twitter.
Master P for World’s Richest Entertainer
Believe it or not, at one point Master P was a Guinness certified millionaire. In 1999, he was Guinness’ choice for World’s Richest Entertainer with a net worth of $361 million.
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince for the First Best Rap Performance Grammy
Their hit single “Parents Just Don’t Understand” made Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff the first recipients of the Grammy for Best Rap Performance. They ultimately boycotted the ceremony because the category wouldn’t be presented on television, but it’s an achievement all the same.
Ludacris for World’s Largest Group Shower
Not what you were expecting from Luda, huh? Ludacris participated in a group shower with 1,000 other people for the record books. Before you ask, they all wore swimsuits.
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