“I got an email: ‘Hey, a remix of the rap you did on Chicken Shop Date is going viral and doing extraordinary things on TikTok.’ I’m, like, ‘Well, that’s funny and weird.'”
The viral rap audio has been used in more than 6.2 million TikToks and heard more than 1.39 billion times.
Dimoldenberg asked Theroux about his brief time rapping, in response to which he recited his original rap taken from an episode of his own documentary series aired in 2000.
Theroux's verse had been recorded in an episode of his BBC documentary series Weird Weekends in 2000, when the filmmaker went to a New Orleans radio studio to see if he could make it as a 'gangster rapper."
Theroux entered a rap battle after coming up with the rhymes in the shower, giving it his best in a live radio competition. The rap goes: “My money don’t jiggle jiggle/ It folds/ I’d like to see you wiggle wiggle/ For sure.”
However, it was the rendition on Chicken Shop Date that went viral after being reworked by Manchester DJ duo Duke & Jones – real names Luke Conibear and Isaac McKelvey.
For his three children, the viral moment has been weird, especially for his 14-year-old son, who is a big TikTok fan and thinks his dad is "cringe".
“I’ve left my stank all over his timeline. I think it’s made him very confused and slightly resentful.”
Theroux also said that he received performance requests, but has had to turn them down. "I am not trying to make it as a rapper," he stresses.
However - he did say he was hoping to make "fold" from this trend: “I sincerely hope we can all make some jiggle jiggle out of the phenomenon. Or maybe some fold,” Theroux said.
“So far, it’s been more on the jiggle end.”
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Aneesa Ahmed is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter