Watsky broke the record for longest freestyle rap and he’s still going
Watsky has raised over $100,000 so far for coronavirus relief organizations.May 7, 2020
Watsky has been freestyling for over 25 hours now surpassing the previous record of 25 hours, 56 minutes, and 4 seconds achieved by Pablo Alvarez but he’s still going and aiming for an even higher number.
Yesterday, the rapper began at 10 AM PT while he’s aiming to freestyle for 33 hours, 33 minutes and 33 seconds.
Throughout the livestream event, he’s also taking donations supporting his band and crew as well as the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Profits are splitting with a fan relief fund for those who haven’t been able to get refunds for tickets seeded by a $10,000 donation from the rapper.
At the time of writing, Watsky has raised over $100,000.
Watsky also has several rewards available for those who donate including a live freestyle shout-out, a lyric doodle, a signed mic or poster and several VIP bundles. You can see the full details at watskyrelief.com.
Now, his livestream has been going for over 25 hours and he’s still going.
Partway through the livestream, the video cut out due to internet issues in Los Angeles. The stream is now split into two videos which can be found below.
He’s also got a frequently asked questions section discussing some of the difficulties in the challenge.
He says he uses the washroom by having a mic on his shirt so he can continue rapping. One of the cups on the table also has a strawberry smoothie so he is eating during the event. While explaining why he’s doing it, he highlights the donations coming in for artists, his crew and fans.
You can watch the second portion of Watsky’s livestream below. It’s set to be happening until around 7 PM PT tonight and donations are still being taken.
The previous record holder spoke with Miami New Times about breaking the record and ended up revealing the difficulties with freestyling for over 24 hours.
Alvarez’s achievement started from him “joking that I could freestyle all day,” but became a reality. He ran a Facebook livestream where fans could pop in and out while giving suggestions for words to use.
“I was incorporating their words into my rhymes,” Alvarez says. “They would throw something at me that they thought I couldn’t rhyme. I was probably given the word ‘orange’ twenty times throughout the day.”
He said at the time that he sipped water, had a smoothie a friend brought him, one energy drink and a single bathroom break.
“The interesting thing is the Guinness Book of World Records gives you a five-minute break for every continuous hour of activity. I didn’t take any breaks, I kept going 25 hours straight. I didn’t stop.”
Partway through, he realized his body wasn’t agreeing with his decision though. Alvarez says he could feel his throat was swelling, his sinuses clogging and his tonsils felt raw part way through.
“I didn’t understand that part. My body was shutting down on me — I could tell.”
Watsky has completed his freestyle rap performance after 33 hours, 33 minutes and 33 seconds.
Over the course of the livestream, he managed to fundraise over $140,000. The final tally between donations made by viewers as well as Watsky’s initial donation brings the total to $155,509.
33 hours 33 minutes 33 seconds ??
for COVID relief pic.twitter.com/eMT68hBBny
— W▵TSKY (@gwatsky) May 8, 2020
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