On Wednesday night, the kids of Stranger Things were guests on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon — which was all well and good, until Millie Bobbie Brown decided to completely destroy the modern rap game.
Aside from speaking about the show, the crew played a game of “Stranger Strings”, in which each person wrote a secret about themselves and then the other players would guess who the secret belonged to. We learned that one cast member still sleeps with a nightlight, that another cried in front of his classroom after being awoken by a fire alarm, and that Jimmy likes to put french fries on his burgers (who doesn’t put fries on their burgers?). But the audience was most stunned to learn that Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven, or El for short, can perfectly rap Nicki Minaj’s verse on Kanye West’s “Monster”. Not only did the British star rap the verse, but she did it in epic fashion — showcasing a swagger and flow that can rival that of today’s rap artists.
Millie is only 12 years old, which means that Kanye West’s 2010 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, the album that features “Monster”, came out when she was only 6 years old. On top of that, she didn’t rap the verse lackadaisically. She put her heart and her soul into each bar, even censoring the curse words in the song. Moreover, she was rapping over a beat that is not the beat to “Monster” which means the girl has rhythm and can flip raps over various melodies. She sounded like she could get on stage and rap the verse line for line with Nicki Minaj.
When Adele rapped the verse on The Late Show With James Corden, audiences loved it — and so did Nicki. Minaj even shouted out Adele on Twitter, caught up by the same hype for this new side to Adele. But Millie Bobby Brown’s rendition might take the title from Adele. While Adele showcases a knack for spitting rhymes, Millie Bobby Brown seems as if she was born to do this. I would rather listen to her perform “Monster” than listen to Iggy Azalea perform “Fancy” any day.
She may very well be better than half of the rap game. Some rappers today do not even claim to be rappers and think that bars are a thing of the past. Maybe we need to see Eleven rap in the second season of Stranger Things — aside from having telekinesis and picking things up with her mind, she could uplift the audience with her bars. Keep shining, Millie.
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