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Chocolate Rain

What does Chocolate Rain mean?

Chocolate Rain is the name of an original song by Tay Zonday, posted to his YouTube channel, TayZonday. It became a viral meme in 2007, thanks to the popularity of 4chan and other sites like Digg. In the lyrics of the song, the term Chocolate Rain itself is intended to be a stand-in for institutional racism.

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Where does Chocolate Rain come from?

Chocolate Rain is the title of a song by Tay Zonday, which was posted to YouTube on April 22, 2007. The video became an internet meme around July of 2007, having been posted to Digg and 4chan.

The popularity of the song seems to have come from three major aspects of the video. The first was that Zonday’s voice was extremely deep, which was unexpected from someone who looks like they might still be in high school. The second was a particular caption during the video that read “**I move away from the mic to breathe in,” which occurred in the middle of a particular string of nonsensical lyrics. Aside from that one time, there were no other subtitles in the video.

The last, and possibly most important thing, were the lyrics. Taken at face value, the lyrics make absolutely no sense. For example: “Chocolate Rain / Build a tent and say the world is dry / Chocolate Rain / Zoom the camera out and see the lie.” What in the world does that mean? What is chocolate rain? Why are we zooming the camera out to see “the lie”?

However, Chocolate Rain has a hidden meaning. Zonday, in an interview with Rhett and Link of Good Mythical Morning, confirmed that indeed, Chocolate Rain was about social justice at its core, but that he didn’t want to force the meaning onto anyone.

A few things to note…

Chocolate Rain is most typically used to reference the original song. In fact, many of the people who use the term Chocolate Rain use it as referential humor. As in, “Hey, remember that song Chocolate Rain?” and then everyone has a good laugh about old internet memes. The most surprising usage of the term is to reference unnatural/liquified bowel movements. Twitter users like to make posts about bowel movements and then include the hashtag #chocolaterain.

For example…

“Chocolate Rain / Seldom mentioned on the radio / Chocolate Rain / It’s the fear your leaders call control”

Tay Zonday, “Chocolate Rain Lyrics,” MetroLyrics (April 22, 2007)

“The only part we really remember is ‘Chocolate Rain’ and his ability to breathe.”

Yousef Fatehpour, “I had no idea “Chocolate Rain” was about racism,” True Too (June 8, 2016)

“@noughtpointfour With all that chocolate, me and @mcpesunil will need A LOT of toilet papers, but it worth the pain haha #ChocolateRain”

Abderrahmane Graoui @AbdeGra Twitter (February 27, 2017)

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