“Chocolate Rain” is a song and music video by Tay Zonday, created as a commentary on racism and social injustice in the United States. It quickly went viral after it was posted to YouTube on April 22, 2007, and has since been viewed more than 100 million times. The music video portrays a bespectacled Zonday in a recording studio wearing a white T-shirt and singing into a condenser microphone. Occasional cutbacks to Zonday playing a digital piano are also shown. A caption appears early in the video – “**I move away from the mic to breathe in” – which has been parodied many times. “Chocolate Rain” is ranked as the hottest viral video of summer 2007 by CTV. It was awarded the 2007 YouTube Award in the category “Music”.
Many attribute the initial spread of the popularity of the song to 4chan. Zonday said, “I’m pretty sure the ‘Chocolate Rain’ attention started as a joke at 4chan.org, an internet forum that is credited with starting lots of popular internet phenomena. It spread to a general audience and people started uploading spoofs. I don’t know what causes people to listen to my music. If I could speak it, there would be no reason to write songs.”