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.
“I blast on Judas Iscariot, and peel off in the chariot…” pic.twitter.com/qmwZi7S1xr
— Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) November 30, 2015
— Just Sayin, I Tried (@thvpelo) November 30, 2015
— Crenshaw BLVD (@FloydSupreme) November 30, 2015
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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