Sometimes rap music goes too far. Not with the profanity or the violence or the treatment of women. That is all par for the course. But when you’re driving and you realize that you have been listening to the same song for the last 5 exits, you know that song is just way too long. In the radio industry they call these “bathroom songs.” Here are a few tracks that take the theme to a whole other level.
Sugar Hill Gang – Rapper’s Delight
Let’s start with the classic. Everybody knows Rapper’s Delight as for good reason. It’s one of the main reasons rap music is where it is today. Most people only hear the edited cut that clocks in around 6 minutes. The full version however, is almost 15 minutes long. You can watch a full episode of Robot Chicken and still have a few minutes to spare.
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – Superrappin’
Another classic rap group, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five were definitely hip hop pioneers with songs like “The Message.” However their first single, 1979’s “Superrappin'” was treated as an introduction to the entire group and apparently, all six members had a lot to say. at 12 minutes, it’s as if each member had an entire song of their own mashed together into one, long, long track. Wu-Tang Clan, this is not.
Jimmy Spicer – The Adventures Super Rhymes
The first two songs can blame the length partly on having a group of rappers that all need to get their time on a track. “The Adventures of Syper Rhymes” however is just one man who just doesn’t know when to quit. Over the course of the 10 minute song Jimmy Spicer talks about Super Ryhmes, Dracula, and Aladin with no hooks, no pauses, no mercy.
The Game – 300 Bars
Moving on to the current generation, The Game changes up the concept of the really long song by changing beats throughout the nearly 14 minutes of rhymes. “300 Bars” is as advertised, but the various beats keep it from getting stale. At least for a while anyway. 14 minutes is still too long to listen to one guy rap. I get it, you’re good. (NSFW)
Østkyst Hustler – The World’s Longest Rap
The longest rap song of all time is the appropriately named, “The World’s Longest Rap” by the danish rap-group “Østkyst Hustler” (Eastcoast Hustler in english). I was unable to find the song online so you’ll just have to take my word for it when I say that it is 78 minutes and 48 seconds long. That’s the same duration as Planet 9 From Outer Space. That has nothing to do with anything, but it’s still kinda cool. It’s also really, really, really, too long.