Eminem might be considered the “Rap God” for how fast he can spit lyrics.
But Holly Maniatty is being hailed as something of a deity — once again — on social media this week, for her ability to keep up with the emcee while using American Sign Language.
A video of Maniatty interpreting Eminem’s 2013 hit song “Rap God” at this year’s Firefly Music Festival in Delaware has gone viral, with viewers praising her for matching the speed of the rapper’s vocals with her hands and body.
“The Killers were incredible, Eminem, mind blowing,” wrote Kate Starr Fillingame, who posted video to Facebook of Maniatty on stage with Eminem at the June 16 festival. “But this woman....Holly Maniatty!!! Incredible!”
Fillingame’s video has been viewed more than 19 million times and was shared widely across various social media channels. It was picked up by a Twitter user from Brockton last week, racking up an additional 2 million views.
“[Holly] is an amazing human being,” Fillingame told the Globe in a Facebook message, “and just really cares about bringing awareness to the deaf community.”
The original video, which has been licensed to a company that handles viral content, can be viewed here.
This isn’t the first time Maniatty has been singled out and praised for using ASL to help deaf concertgoers.
A video of Maniatty on stage during a performance by rapper Waka Flocka Flame and DJ Whoo Kid at last year’s Firefly Music Festival was viewed more than 11 million times after it was posted online.
She has also earned recognition for her work with Snoop Dogg and has a clientele list that includes Mumford and Sons, Jay-Z, Billy Joel, Marilyn Manson, and Wu-Tang Clan, to name a few, according to the Associated Press. In 2014, she even appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to compete in an ASL “rap battle” with other interpreters while Wiz Khalifa performed.
Before a concert or gig, Maniatty does extensive research of the musicians she’ll be signing for onstage. The performers often take notice of Maniatty and interact with her during their respective sets.
One time, Method Man gave her props in front of a crowd, she said.
“He said, ‘That’s dope,’ ” Maniatty told the AP in 2013, “and gave me a hug and a fist pump.’’Steve Annear can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.