Hip-hop is all about the lyrics, right? Well, what if you can't hear them?
It stands to reason that there are a lot of potential rap fans that have experienced hearing loss, or are deaf. And while it is possible for people with hearing impairments to "listen" to music by feeling the vibrations of the air, those vibrations don't necessarily translate to words and poetic turns of phrase.
But there's someone who is trying to change all that.
Shelby Mitchusson from Austin, Texas, is an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter who has discovered a way to turn music into an entirely new kind of experience. Mitchusson uses hand gestures to convey the lyrics of some of the greatest hits of our time. This is her take on Eminem's "Lose Yourself."
"You better lose yourself in the music, the moment, you own it, you better never let it go."
Even though Mitchusson is not the first person to do this (back in 2013, Holly Maniatty went viral for her on point interpretation of Wu-Tang Clan's "Bring Da Ruckus") she certainly brings a certain charisma to the craft.
Shelby's performance is so powerful that it's almost impossible to look away from her hypnotic hand movements. Regardless of if you're familiar with sign language or not.
Watch the full video below.
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