Spanish rapper Arkano has set a new Guinness World Record for non-stop rap improvisation, rhyming for 24 hours, 34 minutes and 27 seconds in Madrid’s central Puerta del Sol square. The 22-year-old allowed himself only 3 second breaks between songs and taking only liquid nourishment during the challenge.
Arkano’s feat started in the afternoon on Oct. 28, just two weeks after L.A. rapper Murs set a record rapping for 24 hours and 15 minutes.
For Murs’ Longest Rap Marathon record, he recited a mix of pre-written songs and hip-hop classics. The Longest Rap Freestyle time was previously held by Chiddy, known as part of the hip hop duo Chiddy Bang, for his 9 hours, 16 minutes, and 22 seconds session in 2011.
Arkano, whose given name is Guillermo Rodríguez Godínez, effectively smashed both of those records last weekend. His performance was observed by thousands of people who gathered in the square.
The 22-year-old computer science student from Alicante, Spain, was only 15 when he won Red Bull’s national Batalla de los Gallos in Spain for the first time. Last year, he won Red Bull’s national and international Gallos championships, which bring together MCs from Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Peru.
This year’s world final takes place Nov. 12 in Lima.
Arkano’s marathon challenge was supported by fellow Spanish rappers, who stopped by to cheer him on. Known for his socially-conscious verses, Arkano told red Bull that he also extended an invitation to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. The politician did not show up.