Ryger
Rap

Rap God – Eminem

Difficulties Expert Expert+
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Ryger is beginning to feel like a map god, map god…

If you were around during the early days of Beat Saber, then you’ve heard of the infamous Rap God map.  It was requested in so many Beat Saber streams that most streamers have outright banned the map from being requested.  Fear no more, Ryger (Raynarch) has come to the rescue.

The biggest issue with the original Rap God map was it’s awful rhythm and it’s over-reliance on single-sabering sections.  Ryger has fixed both these issues in his rendition of the song; not only that, but he has broken away from the mold a bit in terms of the traditional up-down mapping style, opting to throw in more diagonals and sideways notes than normal.  This works to the map’s benefit; Rap God is a largely free-form song and opting to shake things up continuously reflects the inherently chaotic nature of the song.  Ryger also has thrown in some creative touches in the map to reflect the lyrics and audio of the song: bombs appear when Eminem says “F-bombs” and a wall passes by the player when the song plays a train whizzing  by.  I think the train wall could have been even cooler if it spawned in as a fast-wall, but I can’t take off points for that.

There’s only one minor criticism I can give to the map; during the last half of the song, there is a standard verse but then the rhythm and note patterns suddenly jump up in difficulty.  Nothing is wrong with a difficulty spike, but I think difficulty spikes should reflect a more intense part of the song.  For this, I will take away a point for “Fun Factor”.

The biggest criticism of this map has nothing to do with the map, it’s the song.  Most streamers banned the original Rap God map not only because the mapping, but also because of the song.  Rap God is a 6 minute song, which is out of the comfort zone of many players.  When the Rap God song and music video first came out, it was a small internet sensation in part because Eminem was making a return to form at the time.  His extremely fast rap solo (lyrics coming at you at supersonic speed) was so impressive that it prompted lots of response videos from amateur rappers to speed-rap as well.  All  of that means this:  a lot of enjoyment that people derived from Rap God isn’t from the quality of the song, but rather the sensation that Eminem sparked at the time the music video was released.  This is not a criticism of the mapping or of the song, I just believe that is something that should be pointed out if I’m going to give a map like this such a high rating.

Final Rating:  4.8 / 5

“I’m out my Ramen Noodle
We have nothin’ in common, poodle”
-Actual lyrics from the song

Mapper: Ryger

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Fun Factor4.8
Rhythm4.8
Flow4.7
Pattern Quality4.6
Readability4.8
Level Quality4.8
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