Fairfield, IA, September 16, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- On Saturday September 3rd at the Beauty Shop in Fairfield Iowa, 21-year-old artist Lane Weaver broke the World Record for the Longest Freestyle Rap. Starting at 9:30 AM Lane began improvising and rapping meaningful lyrics and continued for the next 10 hours and 33 minutes. Lane was accompanied by local producer/singer-songwriter Phil Rabalais (from Utopia Park), who created beats throughout the entire record breaking event.
Lane has been in contact with Guinness to ensure that everything was set up according to their stipulations, which included bringing in "verifiable experts in rap music" to officially witness the event. Lane pulled witnesses from Iowa and as far away as NYC. For the attempt to be valid, Lane could not stop for longer than 3 seconds. Even when he needed to urinate, followed by a camera, Lane took the microphone into the restroom and continued without missing a beat.
Lane invited the public to come witness the event and they came in droves. The Beauty Shop was especially packed as Lane approached and surpassed the previous record of 9 hours and 18 minutes, held by the rapper "Chiddy" of Chiddy Bang. The crowd was encouraged to write and draw on index cards which Lane incorporated into his freestyle. The entire freestyle was streamed live from www.LaneWeaver.com and suggestions from twitter were written down and handed to him.
The day started pleasant and sunny but Lane continued when the weather turned to a torrential downpour and even a hail storm during his performance. Lane had been battling a nasty sickness for the 2 days before the attempt and was still feeling ill before he started. "I was drinking lots of hot water, different teas, honey, all sorts of different stuff. It was pretty miserable but I pushed through it."
Even though Lane was quite weak by the time he broke Chiddy's record, he continued for over an hour longer until he fully lost his voice. Louis Logic, a professional rapper and internationally touring musician, was so moved that he "cried like 10 times" and said that it was one of the most inspiring experiences he's had in his entire career.
Lane is finally recovered from his cold and has just regained his voice after going a week without being able to talk. He greatly appreciates all of the support of his friends and fans for making this monumental feat possible. He is planning to make and release a short celebratory EP this month with his close friends Little Ruckus and Phil Rabalais entitled "Kanye West." He also has several shows booked around Iowa this month, including a spot at the Maximum Ames Festival and as an opener for the nationally touring artist, Grieves, in Iowa City.
This is a big moment for hip-hop and especially big for Iowa and all of the Midwest. It speaks volumes about the power of indie acts and what is possible with focus and determination.
If you'd like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Lane Weaver, or for photos or licensing video of the event, please call Sherlock Jones at 641-226-0405 or email Sherlock at LaneWeaverMusic@gmail.com.