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  • Periphery: Lampshaded in the song title "Motormouth".
  • Many songs by Tonedeff, though the current record stands with the following verse from "Most High", delivered at 13.5 syllables per second. If you zone out, it becomes incomprehensible.
    And that's the reason I figured I'd make an appearance, / I'm here to severely sear your hearing, so many curves it interferes with your steering. / Clearing the way for the viral decay, and I'm shearing away at the sneer on your face at a furious pace. / If you jeer in dismay, you’ll be tearing in pain till you’re fearing the Plague / and revering our place in history. Set up for destiny. This’ll be our seminal symphony. / Given to me, the mic'll be a symbol of victory, and that's whenever the T-o-n-e hits the beat. / Simply put: We’re sticking the hook into your foot, so when your crew steps, the flu sets / And you get tainted, it’s plain as day, the strain is The Plague, bitch!
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  • "Capital H" by Motion City Soundtrack: "Singing songs from the balcony as the city crumbles under the powers of an evil doctor rocket science monster with capabilities to destroy the entire universe."
  • The Avett Brothers song "A Slight Figure Of Speech" starts out with perfectly intelligible lyrics, but after the second chorus, it descends into a blisteringly fast mishmash before slowing back down.
  • Yodelers in Germany are fond of this. Especially Franzl Lang.
  • Canadian musician Lights is known to be like this. For example, this line from her song, "Ice":
    "I'm lookin' at you / lookin' at me / what can I do / but say sorry / It's a little late / but you just know I want you to be happy / what am I gonna have to say to get away with it, this time? / I know that you're upset, and you're happy just to sit and hate me / but I'll make a bet that you'll be better to forget about me / even better yet I'll little light melt that ice, ice, baby....."
    • And that's said just barely under, what, 20 seconds?
  • Barenaked Ladies: "One Week".
    Gonna get a set of better clubs/you know the kind with tiny nubs/just so my irons aren't always flyin' on the backswing/
    Gotta get in tune with Sailor Moon/'Cause that cartoon has got the boom anime babes/ that make me think the wrong thing
    • It may be worth noting that there's at least one live version of the song which floats around on the filesharing networks which shows that the band themselves can't always get it right in their own performances.
      • There's a verse to the song that appears in the CD booklet that is never actually sung in the song... So apparently, they didn't even get it right in the studio, either.
  • BTS rappers Suga and RM are both very adept at fast rapping, with Suga being one of the fastest rappers in Korea.
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    • Examples of RM are his verses in "We Are Bulletproof pt. 2", Cyphers 1, 2 and 3, "Look Here", "Tomorrow", and "Outro: Tear". In his RM mixtape he goes Up to Eleven, with tracks like "Joke" and "Rush".
    • Examples of Suga are his verses in the pre-debut tracks "We Are Bulletproof pt. 1" (a verse he recycles in his mixtape's main track "Agust D", where it's even faster), "It Doesn't Matter" and "School of Tears"; from BTS tracks, his verses in "Second Grade", "Ma City", "Paradise", "Cypher pt. 3", and especially "Cypher pt. 2". He does it again in "I'm Fine".
  • The "Weird Al" Yankovic song "Hardware Store", which lists 62 items in 32 seconds, with a total of 258 syllables. It's why he refuses to do it in concerts.
    • For that matter, the verses of "White and Nerdy" tend towards this, albeit due to the type of rap that Weird Al is parodying. Reportedly, the CD version was sped up, and Weird Al then spent several months getting up to speed before putting it in his concert lineup.
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    • Also "Jerry Springer" which is a parody of "One Week" above.
    • A certain part of "Your Horoscope for Today".
      • "Now you may find it inconceivable or at the very least a bit unlikely that the relative position of the planets and the stars could have a special deep significance or meaning that exclusively applies to only you, but let me give you my assurance that these forecasts and predictions are all based on solid, scientific, documented evidence, so you would have to be some kind of moron not to realize that every single one of them is absolutely true. WHERE WAS I?" (all typed in one breath, thankyouverymuch...)
      • The issue with singing along here is not the speed, but rather that the cadence of the song makes it difficult to get the entire thing out in one breath - which you need to do, or else you miss words.
    • All of the songs in his polka series are sung considerably faster than the original recordings.
      • The snippet of "You Oughta Know" used in "The Alternative Polka" is sung really, really quickly.
    • "Everything You Know Is Wrong" isn't particularly fast, but contains far too few places to stop for breath.
    • The theme song for The Weird Al Show is not only a Patter Song, but the first verse is a run-on sentence!
  • hide did this quite often, but most notably in "Celebration" with X and specifically on the songs "Dice," "Bacteria," and "Doubt" from his solo works.
  • Craig Finn of Lifter Puller and The Hold Steady, with a hefty dose of Added Alliterative Appeal and assonance in his songwriting.
  • Folk singer, Arlo Guthrie was well known for his ability at telling a satirical, humorous story with his music. In The Story of Reuben Clamzo, Arlo describes how the early settlers would deal with gigantic clams in this fashion.
    "...clams would hear 'em. And clams hate music. So clams would come out of the water and they'd come after this one guy. And all you'd see pretty soon was flying all over, the sand flying UPANDOWNTHEBEACHMANMANCLAMCLAMMANMANCLAMMANCLAMCLAMMANUPANDDOWNTHEBEACHGOINGTHISWAYANDTHATWAYUPTHEHILLSINTHEWATEROUTOFTHEWATERBEHINDTHETREESEVERYWHEREFINALLYTHEMANWOULDJUMPOVERABIGSANDDUNEROLLOVERTHESIDETHECLAMWOULDCOMEOVERTHEDUNE-fallinahole- fourteen guys would come out there and stab the shit out of him with their clampoons!"
  • "I Don't Care" and "Hard Livin'" by Justin Townes Earle
  • In The '90s, midwestern rappers were known for using this style. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Twista (who held the Guinness Record for Fastest Rapper), and Da Brat are the best known.
  • Even Nas tries his hand at motor mouth rhyming, here: "Big Things".
  • R.E.M.'s "It's The End of the World As We Know It". "The other night, I dreamt of knives, Continental drift divide, Mountains sit in a line. LEONARD BERNSTEIN!"
  • "It's The End of the World As We Know It" is then done even faster by Canadian band Great Big Sea, who shorten it by a minute and a half without skipping any of the words and adding an extra chorus at the start.
    • And "Mari-Mac", which gets faster and faster and faster as the song progresses: even the instruments can hardly keep up with the hair-raising speed, let alone the singers.
  • Serj Tankian of System of a Down is a serial offender; his most notorious one is "IEAIAIO".
  • Tom Lehrer's "The Elements," which uses the same tune as the Major-General's Song, and "New Math".
    • Parodied in "The Folk Song Army":
      The tune don't have to be clever
      And it doesn'tmatterifyoufitacoupleofextrasyllablesinto a line
      It sounds more authentic if it ain't good English
      And it don't-a even gotta rhyme!

      ...Excuse me, rhyne
  • Busta Rhymes.
  • Dizzee Rascal certainly qualifies.
  • Blues Traveler's "Hook":
    Suck it in Suck it in Suck it in/If you're Rin Tin Tin or Anne Boleyn/
    Make a desperate move or else you'll win/And then begin/
    To see what you're doing to me/This MTV is not for free/
    It's so PC it's killing me/So desperately I sing to thee/Of love...
  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers' version of "They're Red Hot", compressing a three-minute jazz ditty from the 1930s to less than a minute in length.
  • In the Dead Kennedys' anti-consumerist rant "Drug Me", Jello Biafra delivers the lyrics at a breakneck pace.
    • And in "I Kill Children", "Stealing People's Mail"... Really, just a lot of the time.
  • "B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)" by Outkast.
  • The country song "I've Been Everywhere", originally performed by Australian singer Lucky Starr and covered by Hank Snow and Johnny Cash among others, has the protagonist very quickly rattling off a Long List of the various locales to which he's traveled.
    • The original Australian version goes "I've been to Tullamoreseymourlismoremooloolabanambourmaroochydore (dissolves into near-incomprehensibility)."
    • Part of the reason for the near-incomprehensibility comes from the actual names of the towns. Yes, we Aussies have some rather strange town names.
    • The Scared Weird Little Guys' version has a section talking about South-East-Asia:
    I've been to Peking Nanking Chunking Hiroshima, Shengyang Kwaiyang Pyongyang Yokohama, Hang Chow Weng Chow Fu Chow the Gold Coast, Shanghai Samurai Lum Thai Fukiama, Hong Kong King Kong Yang Tong Sukiyaki, Nagasaki Hirosaki Takasaki I should be so lucky...
  • Quite a few songs by Sublime, notably their first hit "Date Rape" and the duet "Saw Red" between Bradley Nowell and No Doubt's Gwen Stefani.
  • Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind. This trope helped them so blatantly get away with Lyrical Dissonance.
  • Several of Lady Sovereign's songs on Public Warning show off her ability to do this. The title song even has her just saying huge incomprehensible sentences.
  • Big Punisher was known for this in his earlier material. Not only did his Puerto Rican accent easily lend itself to this trope, his lyrics were positively tongue twisting. The song "Twinz" (a remake of "Deep Cover") is particularly memorable:
    I'll rub your face off the Earth and curse your family's children, like Amityville and drill the nerves in your cavity filling, insanity's building a pavilion in my civilian, the cannon be the anarchy that humanity's dealing...
    • Big Pun is definitely no slouch: "Dream Shatterer" is also a good example of fast rhyming.
  • Savage Garden's "I Want You". The lyrics are sung at full speed and only slow down when they hit the bridge.
  • Relient K's "The Only Thing Worse Than Beating a Dead Horse Is Betting On One" starts out this way.
  • Jason Mraz does this in a lot of his songs.
  • Streetlight Manifesto does this in "Everything Went Numb". In fact, the only words that aren't spoken at amazing speeds in the entire song are "Na na na na [bunch more na's] na.")
    • The dissertation-for-lyrics style Kalnoky is (in)famous for added another degree to this, as there's so little repetition to the song (even the chorus, sometimes). And don't get me started on Point/Counterpoint...
      • If you want to listen to a new Streetlight Song, for the Love of God, look up the lyric sheet first. You will NOT get it on your own. Ever. Case in point.
    • This gets turned Up to Eleven during live shows, when the band will play songs 30-50% faster.
  • Scatman John. Even if the name makes clear what he is singing hardly counts as words, the delivery is downright impressive!
  • Vocaloid: Miku Hatsune's "The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku -DEAD END-", where the chorus is so fast that it's impossible to hear a single word.
    • Aided greatly by the fact that "Miku Hatsune" is simply the name for a specific setting on a singing voice synthesizer...
      • And justified by the fact the lyrics are about the character/program trying to say its last words as it's uninstalled.
      • Many Vocaloid and Utauloid songs do this like Soune Taya's Passion
    • She's shown almost pushing it here in her concert with "Two-Faced Lovers".
    • Incredibly, this cover of The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku by an ordinary human singer who somehow could actually keep up with the insanely fast tempo.
    • The Singing Passion of Hatsune Miku, which is rated 9 red stars Project Diva 2nd. One must try to play it in the hardest difficulty to understand the intensity.
    • Singing so fast is not so unusual for Vocaloids these days, but making them rap at such speeds takes it to a whole new level. Case in point: Miku and Luka doing so in Rin-chan Nau!.
    • Esoteric lyrics sung very, very quickly is a common trait of songs composed by (now retired) producer Tohma.
  • John Michael Montgomery's "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" is sung with the tempo of a livestock auctioneer, as the entire song is about the narrator meeting and "bidding" on a pretty woman he saw there.
    • The chorus of "Be My Baby Tonight" is also extremely fast, though not as fast as "Sold".
  • On the same topic, the appropriately-titled "Auctioneer" by Leroy Van Dyke follows the growth of a boy into an auctioneer, and Leroy's about as adept at speed-talking as the character.
  • Garth Brooks' "Ain't Goin' Down til the Sun Comes Up" is at least as fast as "I've Been Everywhere" mentioned above.
  • The Offspring, who usually sing pretty swiftly, pushed it up to eleven with their eighth album, Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace. In the song "Stuff is Messed Up", they list off roughly twenty-three things wrong with the world today. IN 14 SECONDS. Must be heard to be believed.
  • Thrash Metal often has a rapid-fire vocal delivery delivery, but few come close to the tongue-twisting, run-on insanity of Sean Killian of Vio-Lence, who sounded like he was delivering the lyrics while hyped up on a mixture of caffeine, cocaine, and speed and bouncing off the walls. Observe.
    • Older Slayer is a particularly relevant example (especially "Jesus Saves").
    • Dark Angel also deserves a special mention, especially "The Burning of Sodom", which contains quite possibly the fastest vocal delivery of any thrash song ever.
    • Anacrusis' "Frigid Bitch" is not only the band's hardest song, but also it features the fastest vocal delivery.
  • Strapping Young Lad does this a fair bit, but no where is it better represented than "Oh My Fucking God". Let's just say the title is apt...
  • John Gallagher from Dying Fetus gives this a try on "Fornication Terrorists". Combined with Gallagher's very low grunt, it's more or less completely incomprehensible without a lyric sheet and some SERIOUS concentration. Oh, and he pulls it off live without a hitch, too.
  • Guns N' Roses, "Garden of Eden". And they had the guts to make a Follow the Bouncing Ball video (mocked by Beavis And Butthead). You can't help feeling sorry for that ball...
    • Also, that small spoken part inside "Knockin' on Heaven's Door": "You just better start sniffin' your own rank subjugation Jack..."
  • Underground rapper The Jokerr
  • Mariah Carey isn't as extreme as some of the other examples here, but her song "We Belong Together" is sung pretty quickly; the words tend to blur together if you're not paying very close attention.
  • Freddie Mercury sings "Stone Cold Crazy" and "Dead On Time" in this fashion.
  • The Monkees' "Goin' Down" does this in its first couple of verses.
  • To those not familiar with the genre, any reggae/dancehall song could be perceived as this trope, especially the ones with chatting/toasting (and especially ones involving "patois").
  • A key facet of Japanese avant-gardist Daisuke Inoue's performances as Mazeru na Kiken is his tendency to speak so rapidly that he becomes impossible to understand without subtitles, and those tend to flash by at seizure-inducing rates.
  • Bandleader and comedian Phil Harris sang a lot of songs this way, especially his signature "That's What I Like About The South".
  • The Dead Milkmen have done this, most notably on the song "Moron."
  • A large section of Bartolo's aria "A un dottor della mia sorte" from The Barber of Seville.
  • Reunion's 1974 hit "Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)", where singer Joey Levine (of "Yummy Yummy Yummy" fame with Ohio Express) rattles off names of popular musical figures (and in one line a few record labels) at a breakneck pace during the verses.
  • Rubber Biscuit, by The Chips (and later covered by The Blues Brothers, with Elwood performing the vocals). Most of it is all nonsensical scat singing, but for Elwood, it plays to a strength Dan Aykroyd has — his ability to motormouth off massive screeds of lyrics or words. The scat singing is interspersed with just as nonsensical stories from the author's week, e.g., "the other day, I had a coooool water sandwich, and a sunday go to meeting bun. Bow bow bow."
  • The Meat Puppets' "Sam", where each verse is one run-on sentence without any pauses for breath.
  • Jason DeVore, lead singer for Authority Zero, has a reputation for one of the fastest deliveries in their genre, Carpe Diem Drunken Sailor. Many of their slower songs even have periods of extremely fast vocals for seemingly no other reason than for him to show off Movement, it starts at about 3:12.
  • The World/Inferno Friendship Society's lead singer, Jack Terricloth, does this in many of their songs.
  • City of Cold by Raised Fist and a few others of theirs, what's more impressive is that, being Swedish, english isn't their native language.
  • The mostly unintelligible chorus to Letters To Cleo's "Here And Now". For the record it's actually "The comfort of a knowledge of a rise above the sky above could never parallel the challenge of an acquisition in the here and now".
  • Ayumi Hamasaki in Evolution, especially the Time is Pop and Eurobeat remixes, as well as some of the concerts in which she sung the song fast. Even those familiar with Japanese have commented on their inability to keep up with the chorus lines of the song.
  • Kendrick Lamar. He tends to show off this when featuring on other artists (especially rappers who aren't motormouths) tracks. Notable examples in his own catalogue are the "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" remix with Jay-Z, "Westside, Right on Time", "Backseat Freestyle" and, of course, "Rigamortus", which takes it Up to Eleven (and has a remix featuring the previously mentioned Busta Rhymes).
  • A lot of Hardcore punk bands tend to have this going on, Toxic Narcotic is a good example (he gets progressively faster as the song goes)
  • Travis Ryan does this a lot. Case in point, "The Ripe Beneath the Rind" (all within the span of roughly eight seconds):
    And like a wild boar your head is hunted, and like a cantaloupe your head is opened, and like a pork belly your skin is seared sterile, and underneath it lie the lies, the man, the murder, the meat.
  • Ministry's "TV II" and its sequel/Spiritual Successor "WTV". Gibby Haynes' guest vocals on "Jesus Built My Hotrod" combine this with Scatting.
  • Danny Elfman of Oingo Boingo has his moments, particularly in "Goodbye Goodbye":
    You're always puttin' the make on my friends always giving them eyes and the dirty lies 'bout me and you well I'm through it's the end of the line for you babe here's a ticket one way Cincinnati I'm sendin' you home to your ma and your daddy so don't try to call me you'll only be wastin' your time!
  • Any Patter Song singer becomes per se a motormouth, for the duration of the song.
  • This is a trademark of Disturbed's output. Notable songs include "Voices" and "Liberate".
  • French 60s band Les Double Six.
  • Gorillaz "Clint Eastwood" has a famously quick, slurry rap solo, leading to a wide variety of Mondegreens.
    • Do Ya Thing is much faster, with André 3000's bullet-fast lines being very hard to understand without reading them.
  • Early one, the ska-punk band The Flatliners made a significant use of this trope. The best example is their song ''There's A Problem''. Yes, it has lyrics. Yes, it makes sense.
  • Tally Hall, particularly red tie Joe Hawley, is prone to this, especially the stunning bridge to Ruler of Everything (which peaks with three people singing the Motor Mouth line simultaneously).
  • Eminem seems to have this down to an art. Not only does he sometimes get very fast, he combines it with complex rhymes and obtuse lyrics. You hardly ever hear him audibly breathe. Case in point: "Rap God", from The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which has the Guinness World Record for most words in a hit single.
    • And after "Rap God" came out, Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (as mentioned earlier on this page) released "Clash of the Titans", taking the "God of Rap" metaphor and running with it, and displaying motor mouth rapping throughout almost the whole song.
  • Coming straight in the same model as Eminem, Yelawolf.
  • Country Music singer Marcel Chagnon is somewhat known for this, as demonstrated by his own "Country Rock Star" and "Nothin' to Lose", the latter of which was Covered Up by Josh Gracin (the latter hits the second chorus before one minute!). Humorously, Gracin was hesitant to cover "Nothin' to Lose" because he didn't think he could keep up with it... only to nail it on the first take.
  • The chorus to Stone Temple Pilots' "Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart" involves Scott Weiland singing "So keep your bankroll lottery eat your salad day deathbed motorcade" with no pauses whatsoever.
  • The Deathray Davies "Plan to Stay Awake". Possibly it's referenced with the line: "Never though I'd get this far". Take a listen
  • היא התיישבה ליד פסנתר (she sat next to a piano) a song by the Israeli band Gazoz is sang entirely in Motor Mouth, just listen
  • An even better Israeli example will be Mashina's הכל התחיל בנאצר (It All started In Nazer), the fact it's a Word Salad Lyrics doesn't make it easier to understand
  • Emilie Autumn 's interviews, She just knows her stuff and can explain it in DETAIL
    • That's nothing. Try listening to "I Know Where You Sleep." It's difficult to keep up on the album, if you're singing along. When she's singing live, though, she goes faster.
  • The Veronicas, Untouched as an example of this trope.
  • The conclusion of the studio version of "Une Valse à Mille Temps" by Jacques Brel, which has to be heard to be believed. Even during concerts he was unable to match the speed of this studio delivery.
  • We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel. Actually not all that fast (the default tempo is allegretto), but it gets faster (and louder) toward the end. Not to mention that the lyrics are composed almost entirely of sound-bite historical references, a few of them very obscure (and Joel's thick New York accent does not help).
  • The songs "Emancipate Myself" by Thirsty Merc:
    Every breath you t.. As if I'd sing that song to you, you probably think you deserve it at the present time. But if only you knew how you treated me when we were together then you might understand.
    Remember the time you made me wait for a month when you had exams, which I was cool about but then the night you finished you barred me from all your plans and you went out with other people.
    Now I'll always give you the benefit of the doubt and I think there's enough natural maturity floating around for the tension and release time to even out between two people like you and me.
    And I've been thinking and since we've broken up I've realised things were mostly in your favour and a normal person wouldn't put up with this but for some stupid reason I don't wanna move on.
    • "Someday, Someday" by the same band, while not as fast as the above, crams a lot of lyrics into individual lines:
    So we've already established the fact that things are gonna be different in the future baby.
    And you've reiterated the fact that you don't want to get into something that's just gonna have to end later.
    Now I know our lives are changing and I've seen it coming for a while too, don't get me wrong.
    And I've been going outta town baby it's gonna happen more, we gotta be strong but now
  • Emilie Autumn in her interviews in particular. She just knows her stuff, but also I Know Where You Sleep and Opheliac would be the best examples of this trope.
  • Tech N9ne in general, but "Worldwide Choppers" takes it over the top - aside from Tech N9ne himself, it features eight other rappers (including the previously mentioned Busta Rhymes and Twista) who use this style. Twisted Insane's verse in particular is so fast it's almost incomprehensible.
  • This list of rappers ranks them not only by their speed, but also by their flow, skill, and consistency. Aforementioned rappers Busta Rhymes, Tech N9ne, Twista, and Twisted Insane make up the top four, and all four of them can be found on Tech N9ne's "Worldwide Choppers."
  • Brazilian musician Rodolfo had his moments playing for Raimundos.
  • Walk Off the Earth: Gianni does this in "Magic"
  • Ice MC, the speed of whom rivals Scatman John.
  • Nicki Minaj, although she's laid off of this recently (opinion of this move is very much YMMV).
  • Amy Heidemann from Kamrin might be one of the fastest white-girl hipster rappers with a burlesque hairdo ever (see "Brokenhearted").
  • Another female who does this - Snow tha Product (who has collaborated with the previously mentioned Tech N9ne).
  • Slipknot's Corey Taylor does this frequently on the band's Self Titled album, notably the chorus of "(sic)" ("FUCKTHISSHITIMSICKOFITYOURGOINGDOWNTHISISAWAR!") and the opening verse of Hidden Track "Eeyore" and Bonus Track "Get This".
  • Steve Taylor pulled off a minor version of this on the verses of "Since I Gave Up Hope I Feel A Lot Better," although not to the extent that he's unintelligible.
  • Ennio Morricone's "Lezione di Musica" has Hayley Westenra pinning 64 solfège syllables (Do-Re-Mi etc) to 64 notes in about 10 seconds. It's another 10 seconds before she pauses for breath.
  • Electric Light Orchestra: "Yes I'm turning to stone 'cause you ain't coming home why ain't you coming home if I'm turning to stone you've been gone for so long and I can't carry on yes I'm turning I'm turning I'm turning to stone!"
  • Rapper Crucified is infamous for deliberately rapping at such speeds that it's entirely incomprehensible. He's been seriously accused of saying gibberish instead of actual words.
  • Kanye West on the "Power" remix.
  • Many of Tim Minchin's songs are like this, particularly 'The Pope Song' and 'Thank You God':
    Thank you, god, for fixing the cataracts of Sam's mum / I had no idea but it's suddenly so clear now / I feel like such a cynic how could I have been so dumb? / Thank you for displaying how praying works / A particular prayer in a particular church / Thank you Sam for the chance to acknowledge this / Omnipotent opthalmologist...
  • Common with They Might Be Giants, such as Letterbox and Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head.
  • Vampire Weekend does this from time to time. The verses of "Worship You" are their most ludicrous example.
  • "Informer" by Snow. He sings so fast that the only words most people know are the song title and "a licky boom boom down."
  • The chorus of "7 Things" by Miley Cyrus.
  • Mose Allison's "Your Mind Is on Vacation" is about this, although Allison doesn't attempt it himself.
    If silence was golden, you couldn't raise a dime
    Because your mind is on vacation while your mouth's working overtime.
  • The verses in Truckin' by The Grateful Dead.
  • Fedez's Alfonso Signorini has about 7 syllables per second in the rap sections.
    Qui dove anche un giornalaio può fare il giornalista / Vado in manifestazione in compagnia del mio estetista / Ho l'animo ribelle ma la faccia da tronista / "ma l'uomo di cultura si chiama culturista?"
  • "The Wind" by Zac Brown Band has rapid-fire verses as well.
  • This piece. Who says all religious music is always slow and mournful?
  • Cledus T. Judd's Affectionate Parody of Toby Keith's "I Love This Bar", dubbed "I Love NASCAR", does this when mentioning advertisers:
    "Like, uh, let's see: Havoline, Target, Sharpie, Caterpillar, Nextel, Mountain Dew, Dupont, Lowe's, Home Depot, Kodak, M&M's, UPS, Tide, Alltel, Gillette, Kellogg's, Viagara, DeWalt, and uh, Budweiser."
  • Andrew "Anti Matter" Youkhana of Devastator: basically the entire basis of his style of rapping.
  • "If I Could" by Sunny Sweeney is a very fast-paced song, especially on the verses.
  • "Timebomb" by Tove Lo has rapid-fire verses without moments of breaths.
  • Japanese Hip-Hop group Moe and ghosts can exhibit motor mouthing that'd make Busta Rhymes proud. "Man After Man" and "LADY OF THE DEAD" are good examples.
  • If a song is done in Gaelic, chances are it's this trope. The middle act of this clip is an example.
  • The Polish amateur rapper MC Silk, who can sing extremely fast in both Polish and English. The first 70 seconds of this video show what he's capable of.
  • A hallmark of Watsky's music, as well as his spoken word poetry. Nearly all of his songs have a bit of fast rap thrown into them. It's most prominent in Whoa, Whoa, Whoa.
  • "Our House" from The Rise & Fall by Madness gives us this: "I remember way back then when / Everything was true and when / We would have such a very good time / Such a fine time / Such a happy time / And I remember how we'd play / Simply waste the day away / Then we'd say / Nothing would come between us / Two dreamers."
  • Bruce Dickinson sometimes does this when he gets too into a song and tries to match the speedy metal riffs he's singing over. The novelty song from his solo discography "I'm in a Band With an Italian Drummer" on the other hand takes the cake during its verse.
  • Barbara Schöneberger's song I Love Schwiegermutter ("I Love Mother-In-Law") has a few lines that are particularly impressive considering the... "less tongue-friendly" properties of German pronunciation. Video here, the part in question starts at 0:29.
  • Rob Halford of Judas Priest has been known to step up his singing with machine-gun like delivery in some of his songs. One good example is Freewheel Burning during 1:51 and 3:08 of the song.
  • David Bowie had a run-in with this trope on "African Night Flight" off the Lodger album, proving that he might have been a decent rapper if he had tried his hand at it:
    "Getting in mood for a Mombassa night flight
    Pushing my luck, gonna fly like a mad thing
    Bare strip takeoff, skimming over Rhino
    Born in slumber less than peace
    Struggle with a child whose screaming dreaming
    Drowned by the props all steely sunshine
    Sick of you, sick of me
    Lust for the free life, quashed and maimed
    Like a valuable loved one left unnamed
    Seems like another day I could fly
    Into the eye of god on high
    Seems like another day I could fly
    Into the eye of god on high
    Over the bushland, over the trees,
    Wise like orangutan, that was me!"
  • Very present in Spawn of Possession, who mostly do this with death growls. Hell, just listen to "Scorched" and just try to follow along.
  • Dee Dee Ramone displayed his ability to do this on "Endless Vacation". Make sure you have some lyrics handy, though, because it gets really hard to understand what he's saying.
  • Trevor Strnad has some pretty quick vocal passages, but the prechorus and chorus to "Threat Level No. 3" are downright indecipherable without the lyrics handy: "Threat level number three / a badge to my reign of depravity / if it's only my death that can set us all free / then what is it we're waiting for / my crimes of sick lust they've secured me a space / in a man's most befeared and respected of place / in the home of the horned and His torturing flames / I deserve all of this and more / thwarting the raping beast / that deep inside me sleeps / in a hope that this history will never repeat / my dick my gun, now obsolete / are we all here just grasping at straws / is the devil's will absolute, is it stronger than laws / can I walk freely down darkened streets that I've stalked / is there truly a hope left for me!?"
  • Lenny Kravitz demonstrates this skill while singing the title line of "Are You Gonna Go My Way".
  • Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues"
    "Johnny's in the basement mixing up the medicine
    I'm on the pavement, thinkin' about the government
    A man in a trench coat, badge out, laid off
    Says he's got a bad cough, wants to get it paid off
    Look out kid, it's something you did
    God knows when, but you're doin' in again
    You better jump down the alleyway, lookin' for a new friend
    A man in a coonskin cap in a pigpen
    Wants 11 dollar bills, and you only got 10!"
  • The rhythmic spoken word section of Oliver!'s "Sweet Kindness", which could almost be considered rapping:
    Welcome, brother
    Have a drink on me
    Would some coffee do instead?
    Can't you keep your eyes open
    Just a little while longer
    And someone'll take you to bed
    I'll call you friend
    And I'll call this home
    'Cause this is where I've come
    And this is where I'm bound to stay
    'Til the wire begins to hum
  • Napalm Death has a knack for fitting Protest Song lyrics in very short tracks. Goes Up to Eleven with "You Suffer", a song that is a second long with a single rapidly said lyric.
  • Shakira sings very fast at times, even more if it's in her native Spanish (the chorus of "Estoy Aqui" has her twice saying some 20 syllables in less than 3 seconds).
  • The latter half of The New '10s saw a steady increase in motor mouth rapping. To name a few examples, J Cole proved himself able to keep up with J.I.D's light-speed rapping on "Off Deez", Joyner Lucas is adept enough at it to feature on the Eminem song "Lucky You" (alongside collaborations with Busta Rhymes and Tech N9ne, Logic does it on his 2019 single "Homicide" and Token practically has this as his Signature Style.
  • "The New Rap Language" by The Treacherous Three, also known as "Fast Rap", is the Ur-Example of this in rap. It's still pretty impressive today; only rap fans who were around to hear it when it was released in 1980 really know how mind-blowing it must've been.


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