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#PopeBars | The Latest Rapper to go Viral on Twitter is Pope Francis

Pope Francis gestures as he gives his blessing during a visit to an internally displaced people camp at St. Saviour parish in Bangui on November 29, 2015. Pope Francis arrived as "a pilgrim of peace" in conflict-ridden Central African Republic on November 29, flying in from Uganda on what will be the most dangerous destination of his three-nation Africa tour. AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images) AFP/Getty Images

Kingsley Kanayo

The latest rapper to go viral on Twitter is…Pope Francis.

Twitter users started composing rap lyrics for the pontiff through the hashtag #PopeBars, which was inspired by photos that show Pope Francis in prime rapper stance — mic in one hand, gesturing with the other, surrounded by a “cypher” of very attentive African clergy members waiting their turn — and encouraged users to make their own lyrics and memes.

As of Monday afternoon the hashtag was trending with more than 60,000 tweets. Even best-selling author and columnist Ta-Nehisi Coates and Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway musical Hamilton, joined in on the game with a few genius lyrics of their own.

Incidentally, Pope Francis has released a pop rock album called Wake Up! But so far it has gotten mixed reviews, so who knows whether #PopeBars will make an inspiration for a new rap album.



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