When you sing a song, there are usually lyrics written down somewhere. But we never thought that way about beatboxing until now. Vocal master verbalese takes notes on the mouth sounds he makes to help explain his process, and to document his tunes so they can be replicated. More beatboxing lyrics here and here.
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In February 2020, 13-year-old Joshua Inda stopped showing off his incredible beatboxing skills while shopping in a department store in Manila in the Philippines. The talented kid shows off a variety of techniques in a medley that shifts rapidly between rhythms and vocals.
For their series Easy to Complex, WIRED invited 2005 Female World Beatbox Champion Butterscotch to explain how a beatbox performance comes together. She starts out with the basic bass drum, then builds up thicker beats, eventually mixing in singing and vocal instrumentation. And don’t forget your Boots and Cats.
While Marvel’s theme music has missed the mark lately, there are still classic themes for heroes like Spider-Man and Batman. Listen up as Tom Thum gives these tunes the beatbox treatment. Sure, Knight Rider and Ghostbusters aren’t quite superheroes, but Tom is still super.
If you thought the expressions beatboxers make while producing sounds were weird, wait till you get a load of this. Tom Thum allowed a doctor to place an endoscopic camera with a view of his throat while he beatboxed. The video is equal parts fascinating and disgusting.
Beatboxer MB14 turns in an epic performance of Coolio’s classic by layering loops of his own voice to create not only the beats and scratches, but the iconic choral parts. He would later go on to use the same track to win his way to a spot onto the French version of The Voice.