YouTube superstar Tay Zonday released a new original tune called “Mama Economy,” and the video has legs.
The bespectacled baritone opens his new video that amassed almost 100,000 views since it was posted Nov. 13, with the question: "Are you confused about the economy?"
"Well, have no fear,” said Zonday. ”I'm going to explain the American economy right now."
A Casio beat kicks in, and Zonday breaks into song: "The value of the dollar comes from China and Iran, when they put their cash reserves in a U.S. dollar plan. They buy treasury bonds from the Federal Reserve, we say 'we owe you extra money cause you gave some of yours.'"
His 2007 song “Chocolate Rain” racked up over 73 million hits. His subtitled tagline “I move away from the mic to breathe in” quickly became an Internet meme, and skyrocketed Zonday to Internet royalty.
Zonday is no stranger to politics, with some social media experts hailing “Chocolate Rain” as a subtle social commentary and metaphor for racism.
YouTube has, in general, positively received the catchy pop number.
“SO STOKED to find out Tay knows what's going on and isn't just another empty headed YouTube attention getter! Thanks for explaining this to people who don't know!” gushed YouTube user Liteboyiam.
“Really enjoyed the song and appreciate what you're doing to educate people,” said YouTube user Mangina9000. “I'm sure putting down our great meritocracy will get Rush Limbaugh all up in vein popping knots, which is a big plus for America any day.”
Social media bloggers credited Zonday for the adventurousness of his idea, even if he is not a source for serious political dialogue.
“It’s a great eye-opener to the horrors of an economy we’ve mostly just accepted, a defense of the motivation behind the Occupy movement, and it’s being sung by the guy whose last job was a Cherry Dr. Pepper ad,” said Nick Douglas on Slacktory.com.
Zonday is offering “Mama Economy” as a free MP3 download.