Louis Theroux’s ‘Jiggle Jiggle’: What you need to know about TikTok rapping

On TikTok? There’s a real possibility that you won’t be able to get the voice of Louis Theroux out of your head. His catchy “jiggle jiggle” rap — yes, you know the one I’m talking about — has accompanied videos going viral across the platform. Even ferrets and bumblebees indulge in it.

Whether you consider yourself a hard-core rap listener or have missed the sweet melody so far, here’s what you need to know.

Theroux, a British-American documentarian and son of famed novelist Paul Theroux, wrote the rap in an episode of his BBC 2 documentary series Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends. The episode aired in 2000. On February 18, Theroux was asked if he remembered rapping during an appearance on the YouTube series Chicken Shop Date, and he again went into star rapping mode.

This is the version of the jiggle-jiggle song we heard on TikTok. It’s no longer a cappella either, thanks to Manchester-based producers Duke and Jones. They posted their music video on March 16, and since then it has had over 50 million views.

The comments under the video go something like this: “I physically can’t stop listening to this.” “Na, it’s going hard.” And simply, “phenomenal”.

@dukeandjones My money won’t move, it bends 💯💰 #louistheroux#ameliadimoldenberg#chickenshopdate#autotune#remix#fyp♬ My money won’t move – Duke & Jones

More videos using sound also poured in. Turns out you can apply jiggle jiggle rap to just about anything. Here’s a dog… dogging?

@brisbane_the_rescue Hope these ear tremors brighten your day

Boom. A million likes. This track is gold.

As for the inspiration for the lyrics? “Jiggle,” “wiggle,” and “dribble” apparently came to Theroux in the shower, according to Weird Weekends.

On the show, one of the rappers who helped Theroux write the track explained the rap’s iconic opening line, “My money don’t move, don’t move, it bends.”

“You don’t have quarters and pennies and nickels, you have dollars and hundreds and whatever,” he said. “And everything you have, it bends.”

If you need more Theroux raps in your life, we’ve got you covered. The BBC has released footage that includes a second verse of the jiggle-jiggle rap. Here’s the clip, which is from Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge, a new series from Theroux that revisits his past work.

More dribble incoming dribble.

@jessqualter

my money does not shake.

♬ My Money Doesn’t Shake – Duke & Jones

Even ferrets and bumblebees groove.

@pogsyy No It Doesn’t Hurt Dog Chill #ferret#takeaNAIRbreak#CatOnALeash#fyp♬ My Money Don’t Move – Duke & Jones

Some very coordinated dances.

@cost_n_mayor Reply to @mayyourestinswag ♬ My money won’t move – Duke & Jones

And a little more… casual dancing.

@zestyzoseph

Whitney liked the fiat song

♬ My Money Doesn’t Shake – Duke & Jones

Finally, a TikTok that encapsulates how we all feel.

@annaredhair__ i keep trying to post content but there’s nothing in my head but this sound #wigglewiggle#youknow#nyc♬ My money isn’t moving – Duke & Jones

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