Louis Theroux says his kids think his ‘Jiggle Jiggle’ rap is ‘cringe’ – News
Louis Theroux broke his silence on his rap “Jiggle Jiggle” which went viral on TikTok earlier this year.
The filmmaker and journalist spoke with The New York Times to discuss when he found out his bars – taken from an episode of Amelia Dimoldenberg’s Chicken Shop Date – had gone viral.
“I got an email: ‘Hey, a remix of the rap you did on Chicken shop date is going viral and doing amazing things on TikTok. I’m like, ‘Well, that’s funny and weird.’ »
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The viral rap audio has been used in over 6.2 million TikToks and heard over 1.39 billion times.
Dimoldenberg asked Theroux about his brief rapping stint, in response to which he recited his original rap from an episode of his own documentary series that aired in 2000.
Theroux’s verse had been recorded in an episode of his BBC documentary series weird weekends in 2000, when the filmmaker visited a New Orleans radio studio to see if he could become a “gangster rapper.”
Theroux got into a rap battle after making up the rhymes in the shower, giving his best during a live radio contest. The rap says, “My money don’t move / It folds / I’d like to see you wiggle wiggle / Of course.”
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However, it was Chicken Shop Date’s rendition that went viral after it was reworked by Manchester DJ duo Duke & Jones – real names Luke Conibear and Isaac McKelvey.
In a TikTok video posted on March 17, the duo added autotune and funky low-fi music to the verse as part of their “Adding Autotune to Random Videos” series.
The track was danced, performed and heard by Shakira, Snopp Dogg, Megan Thee Stallion and the cast of Downtown Abbey.
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For his three children, the viral moment was bizarre, especially for his 14-year-old son, who is a huge TikTok fan and thinks his father is “cringing”.
“I left my stink all over his timeline. I think that made him very confused and slightly resentful.
Theroux also said he received performance requests, but had to turn them down. “I’m not trying to make it as a rapper,” he says.
However – he said he hoped to ‘bend’ from this trend: “I sincerely hope we can all get the freak moving. Or maybe a fold,” Theroux said.
“So far it’s been more on the end of the jiggle.”
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Read all NYT interview here.
Aneesa Ahmed is Mixmag’s digital intern, follow her on Twitter