Most Impressive: Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' Performed In American Sign Language

June 1, 2015


This is a very worthwhile video of Shelby Mitchusson translating Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' into American Sign Language (with audio so you can follow along). Apparently Shelby performed the song in an effort to secure an interpreting position, which, unsurprisingly, was successful. Wow, I never knew signing could seem so....hardcore. Now I don't know much, but I do know that Shelby could probably kick my ass.

Hit the jump for the video, it really is worth a watch, even if you just skip around for a couple seconds and pretend you're not at work.

Thanks to Monique R, who just flipped me the bird for absolutely no reason. I didn't deserve that.

  • Huck PS

    Gotta love the piano in hand gesture at the beginning though.

  • The Mayor

    lol so stupid. Looks anger the whole time. A giant waste of human energy.

  • Mike Heiman

    Shelby Mitchusson and Stephen Torrence would have beautiful ASL babies if they ever got together.

  • stuffsticks

    Yes, That dude's portal ASL was brilliant..

  • New Extension

    Overrated music is overrated.

  • I wonder what people that were born deaf think of this video? You reckon they think she looks like she's having a seizure or some shit with all the rocking back and forth?

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    It's actually a big part of deaf culture to "sing" like this. Rhythmic signing with dance is a big deal.

  • jasmine

    They also can feel the bass, so that might help.

  • Scuggler

    You do realize that . . sign language is also FOR people who are deaf? The first few signs signify that this will be a song so they are interpreting lyrics like the rest of us would do with our ears. Not to mention that just because they are deaf doesn't mean they don't know who eminem or what rap is. So to answer your question, I guess they think this woman is covering a popular song by eminem :)

  • My question still stands. I don't understand the point of this because it's like telling someone who's blind, what color is. I'm sorry you weren't able to process the sarcasm that was covering the underlying issue Scuggler, maybe you're Internet deaf?

  • stuffsticks

    i met a deaf guy in a nightclub once. Dude was standing right in front of the speaker wall just jamming out. had some moves on him too. apparently he feels the music.

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    Actually its like telling a blind person what shape something is. They can't see it, but they can completely understand what you mean.

  • Scuggler

    How can your question still stand if it was sarcastic? I think I gave a pretty good answer, albeit with a little attitude. My point is that deaf people still enjoy music.

  • Johnny Bigrig

    I'll just go ahead and say what I think some people, including the OP, are afraid to say. She looks absolutely ridiculous in her suburban white princess get-up, frantically pantomiming rap like she's Yung Jeezy Weezy or whoever the current big rap star is. It looks dumb. It is dumb. God bless the deaf.

  • afterooster

    Deaf people can feel the vibrations of sound waves. A beat is a pulsing vibration in regular intervals. If you can feel the vibrations of a beat you can dance to it. The girl in the video is bouncing in regular intervals as one would to music. Therefore deaf people probably assume she is dancing to music. I don't think deaf people are going to have as hard of a time putting this all together as you do.

  • stuffsticks

    I met a deaf guy in a nightclub once, dude was right in front of the speaker wall, talked for about 10 minutes before i even realised he was deaf, he was lip reading me and with the background noise i couldn't hear his accent. surreal experience.

  • Jeedai Infidel

    Cool. Now let's see someone do Bone Thugs-N-Harmony without the aid of amphetamines. Wow, the internet has dulled my sense of wonder.

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