Speaking Challenge: Alphabet Aerobics

Does your speaking speed rival Gift Of Gab’s? Do you set rooms on fire with the speed of your flows? Think you’ve got what it takes to be the fastest MC in debate?

On the heels of “Learning From Hip-Hop: Lessons for Debaters from How To Rap: The Art and Science of the Hip-Hop MC,” we’re giving debaters the opportunity to show off their MCing abilities.

To enter the contest, record yourself speaking “Alphabet Aerobics” by Blackalicious. Use the official script. Upload the mp3 (or video file) to a file sharing site (like Mediafire) and link to it in a comment on this post. Include your name and school affiliation. Debaters, coaches, and former debaters are eligible.

All submissions will be reviewed and graded. Time penalties will be issued for mistakes, clarity problems, word swapping, etc.

Do not edit your recording to speed up its tempo: that is obviously cheating. We reserve the right to disqualify suspected cheaters.

Submissions are due by Sunday, August 21st at 11:59PM. The winner will be announced on Monday, August 22nd. The winner will get their name (and official props) in a banner at the top of the site for one week.

8 thoughts on “Speaking Challenge: Alphabet Aerobics

  1. Bill Batterman Post author

    "If you imagine the 4,500-bilion-odd years of Earth’s history compressed into a normal earthly day, … the whole of our recorded history … would be no more than a few seconds, a single human lifetime barely an instant." — Bill Bryson

  2. NoahGoetz

    "If you imagine the 4,500-bilion-odd years of Earth’s history compressed into a normal earthly day" – Why would we ever do that?

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