For the past couple months, the big trend on YouTube has been silly, fun and a bit inexplicable. YouTubers take videos and systematically speed them up or slow them down each time a word or phrase is sung or spoken, resulting in an Alvin and the Chipmunks-level voice that very rapidly descends into the zippy sound of fast-forwarding at the end.
Mainstream examples include “The entire ‘Bee Movie,” but every time they say ‘Bee,’ it gets faster,” which has garnered a whopping 15 million views, and a slew of versions featuring Smash Mouth’s famed song “All Star,” among others.
With the resounding success of the musical “Hamilton,” and the notorious creativity of its fans, it’s no surprise that it has been subjected to the same fast-speed treatment as other popular videos. Here are some our favorites:
1. “Alexander Hamilton,” but every time they say his name, it gets faster
Is it just me, or does George Washington’s part (1:44) sound even cooler at this speed?
2. “My Shot,” but every time they say “Shot,” it speeds up
And we thought it was hard rapping Hamilton’s solo normally!
3. “Non Stop,” but every time Hamilton is asked why or how he does something, it gets faster
The end of this is the exact definition of impossible.
4. “The Schuyler Sisters,” but every time they sing “Work,” it gets faster
This is a good one when you want to be reminded how often the word “Work” is actually sung in this one song.
5. “Aaron Burr, Sir,” but it gets faster every time they say, “Sir”
Well, that escalated quickly.
6. “Guns and Ships,” but every time they say “Lafayette!” it gets faster
Daveed Diggs would definitely be able to handle this speed, noooo problem.
In case you have 45 minutes of spare time and want to listen to the complete first act of the show in a chipmunk voice, here’s “‘Hamilton Act 1’ but every time a main character’s name is said, it speeds up.” Enjoy!