posted by Benedict Townsend

Here’s the inside story behind ‘Chocolate Rain’, the internet banger which took the online world by storm ten years ago today.

Oh boy, where has the time gone. It seems just like yesterday we were listening to this smooth Chocolate Rain baritone hit and wondering what exactly it’s about (it’s about racism, FYI) and now ten years have come and gone, like chocolate droplets falling from the sky. Honestly, we’re still asking how the heck Tay Zonday could come up with something so viral, so early into the Internet’s life.

Take a listen to Chocolate Rain right here and then below we’ll tell you the inside story behind this modern gem:

 


The most curious thing about ‘Chocolate Rain’ is that people seem to think there’s any mystery at all about what the lyrics mean.

Even though it was released a decade ago, people immediately made the connection that the song was so obviously about race and doesn’t even try to hide it. I mean just look at the lyrics:

Chocolate Rain Chocolate Rain Chocolate Rain

(The line about ‘February’ refers to Black History Month)


And if you still don’t believe us, here’s the man himself saying so in an interview on the Opie & Anthony Show:

 


Regardless of whether you listen to the song for its message or it’s iconic use of microphone evasion, there’s no denying that ‘Chocolate Rain’ is a stone cold classic. Happy birthday, song!

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