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Tay Zonday or Adam Bahner: Today’s internet Phenom – Freak or Prophet? Which do we accept?

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Tay Zonday in the studio…

Tay Zonday on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show: here his voice is a little less suprisingly abrasive

Who is Tay Zonday?
Where did Tay Zonday come from?
Why is he Today’s/This week’s Phenom?
Is Tay Zonday a profound prophet?

First, let me say…I commend anyone who is creative and willing to put themselves out there for people like Tiz to analyze. I think any young person in today’s day and age speaking out for positive change gets my vote! Since I make it my business to Tell it Like it T-I-Tiz!!! I’m just as interested in Zonday is considered a phenomenon or a great prophet, just because he points out that there are injustices in this world! While I won’t answer all the above questions in this discussion…I will direct you to other places that may have a little more on his biography.

Tay Zonday: His outspoken rhetoric in song is NOT truly new! Then why all they hype? His deep voice and unique look make him Today’s / This week’s Internet Phenomenon and tomorrow’s whatever he makes of his 15 minutes!!

I’ll repeat: Musician Zonday or Student Dr. Adam Bahner has not said or done anything new!!! Is he the ONLY one speaking out against society’s ills? The answer — NO!! He just happens to say it in a forum that most people younger than 35 are are no longer accustom. I will agree that he IS in the singing minority –choosing to sing about political issues is not usually a money raker. For that I respect his choice. But, singers have been political in the past. Sinead O’Connor. Bono. Even more similar Marvin Gaye’s “What’s going on” was a political wake-up battle cry and be nice feel good song. It is comparable to Zonday’s “Chocolate Rain”. So why is Zonday’s “Chocolate Rain” song getting so much attention?

My answer: We love different. His deep voice coming from his child-like face is so unexpected. His controversial views are not surprising after reading a little more about him. Although, stated to be “shy”, he paradoxically seeks to be controversial. Different and controversial. This is a successful hard-hitting combination in America…and apparently worldwide. Some are actually considering Zonday to be a modern day prophet?

Are there no others who haven spoken out with the same fervor, compassion, similar doctrine, and views? Yes. There are. Yet he is being revered as a prophet. I am not saying that he isn’t. I am saying…he hasn’t done anything all that different or compelling than many other scholars that remain anonymous. He should be added to the pool of great thinkers of today. Yes, he has something to say. Why in particular is he being heard? This is why I decided to do a small google detective work on Zonday. I already knew the answer but, the hunt was fun any how. In my research, one of the things that became evident as I read comments about him over the internet was whether or not they accepted his dogma and supported his cause. It would seem…once people thought that this funny looking brown skin kid might’ve hinted at being…shhh….black? He message wasn’t as profound and his reverance as prophet was diminished.

Yes, I said it. It’s funny, as long as Zonday is racially ambiguous, seemingly walking the fence or ambiguous in his “teachings” as in this HHN interview . He was taken seriously and a great many people tended to support his views, listen to him and rally behind him. “Yes, we should all recognize that the world is a plague of a place for some! You McDonald addicts!!” I can hear them shouting!!! In short, He is heard and accepted. Once he identifies himself as possibly claiming a race as he might have some years earlier in an article a few years earlier in 2004. He no longer deserves to be credited, revered or heard! At least that’s my interpretation of one thread of comments. Follow these comments to see this phenomenon for yourself.

My response to this article pointed out: Pleas note that Zonday has learned over time: Bahner’s Blackcommentator article, “If I got shot by the Police” written 3 years ago, whereas, his hhnlive interview was this year! In this interview, he declines being labeled by race, companionship or any other title. He comes across as an untamed self-taught thinker that shuns all of today’s societal norms. He’s not shunning his fans though…he ultimate knows where his money will come from if he’s going to make it in entertainment. Both articles show his growth, his ability to adapt. He has learned HOW to deal with the public and their demands, expectations and opinions and how to be accepted and heard. This alone shows that he’s smart…not his annoying “Chocolate Rain” song. Adapt! in order to be heard or accepted! Be ambiguous! There’s precedence for this: In politics – Obama. In entertainment – Halle Berry!

The only way that America will accept a minority race is for them to be ambiguous??!! The fact that that person reminds them of NOone means that they are looking out for the good of ALL people. This thought process in itself shows that racially we have gotten NOWHERE!! This means that we can’t assume that our WHITE or BLACK leaders could possibly be non-biased enough governing the law-of-the-land to consider others outside of their own race. What does this say about our political system as it stands and as it has been since the founding of this country??!!

WE can’t just paint Barbie brown, masking the fact that the problem with Barbie in the first place is still there!!!

Zonday is not as “Profound” as some might think. He is just today’s something to talk about. He is not saying anything new people! This world is F*d up!! Pay attention!

Don’t get mad me I’m just Tellin’ it Like it T-Tiz!! about Tay Zonday!!!

More on Zonday if you want to continue to check this guy Tay Zonday out!!:

If you goto YouTube and type in Tay Zonday. You’ll get over 1200 hits.
There are multiple spoofs of Chocolate Rain!
He has other songs that can be found on his website below.
There’s a Vanilla Snow!! –get it?
Tay Zonday’s video has over 700,000 hits.
He has his own website too.

Here are some other articles talking about the guy:
on MTV
His website!
His myspace page! — Be careful. He’s chocolate raining all over the place with his more than 13,000 friends. You might want to turn down the volume!!
His YOUTube Broadcast yourself page!
Song meaning? I don’t really recommend this site b/c their comments are not well-monitored but if you’re interested.
Interesting article


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2 responses »

  1. i nominate Chocolate rain as the #1 most likely song to get stuck in a person’s head


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