'Nu Thang': How an Uber Awkward Jesus Rap from the '90s Reached 500k Views and Found its Star in a Week

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You may have seen it: a Christian video from a '90s has a kid in a purple "Jesus is Lord" shirt covering DC Talk's "Nu Thang" in MC Hammer acid wash pants and hi tops. Since it was uploaded on YouTube on a week ago, it's been viewed more than 500,000 times.

What's even more amazing is a few days after it was posted, YouTube user lawforthemasses started leaving comments on the video.

"Well, I've been dreading this day for 19 years, but it's finally come back to bite me. This is Michael Clancy from this video and although it makes me laugh and also cry to watch myself (and my awesome Hammer Pants and Wal-Mart pump shoes) I have to take it in good stride. What am I doing today? 1) I am an attorney; 2) I did stay a Christian (although I try not to rap about it anymore); and 3) I still like DC Talk. Please go easy on me or else I'll get picked up by Daniel Tosh!"

His message for all the haters? "Wow, it's funny to see how many people are hating on me for being an eager 10 year old rapping to one of my favorite bands at the time, DC Talk. As a 29 year old, I can help but laugh my butt off and what's funny is I still know every word to this song. Keep the comments flowing."

Yesterday, Hypervocal published a Q&A with Michael Clancy, now a 29-year-old lawyer from Phoenix, Ariz. Clancy was 10 when the video was shot in 1992. The self-proclaimed "good attorney" is pretty much enjoying the attention for now (you can friend him on Twitter and YouTube). Here are some highlights from the interview:

  • I was notified by my friend Jordan via Facebook that he saw a video that he thought was me. This was when the video only had 74,000 views. After I had a minor freak out, I contacted the user who posted it, "conradcliff" and told him who I was. I didn't know him. We exchanged emails and he told me his uncle, who is an executive with CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) had sent him the video thinking it was him as a boy. When he saw it, he "just knew it would go viral." He was right.

  • The show was called "Lift Jesus Higher" and it had run for several years prior to 1992, when my video was produced. It was international and I actually got a fan letter from Uganda -- I'm sure it had top ratings there. The show was founded by Dr. Cheryl Edminson, the lady in the denim dress, who was known as "Auntie Cheryl" on the show. Dr. Edminson attended my childhood church and recruited some younger kids as cast members. She asked mothers around church whether their children had any "special" talents.

  • I chose to rap my favorite song at the time, "Nu Thang" because I was obsessed with it and because I thought it had a good message. The segment was filmed in October 1992 in South Bend, IN at LeSEA studios. When I arrived, the producer told me that I couldn't use the original music to the song as it would violate copyright laws if I did. Further, I could not say the name "DC Talk" in the song as it appeared twice, so instead I said, "Michael Clancy." The result of that predicament is the video we have today.

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Sharvey88
Sharvey88

Furrious. Put. the thesaurus. down. You're using big words to sound smart. It makes you sound dumb.

Babbs
Babbs

 This is GREAT!  He gets so out of breath, now people should have more respect for DC TALK as they sang & danced!  I have to correct, tho, these are NOT acid washed pants, they are regular cotton print,my boys had them AND the purple shirt but ours was OP. Love it!

Furrious
Furrious

Michael Clancy, allow me to introduce myself. I'm one of the victims of your ill-natured put-downs. As a note of explanation for other readers of this letter: In the good old days, when courage, honor, devotion, duty, and loyalty meant something, it was comparatively easy to tell Michael what we all think of him—and boy, do I have some choice words I'd like to use. I will start this discussion by arguing that we must speak neither of the past nor of the far future but rather focus on the here and now, specifically on the daunting matter of Michael's mephitic apothegms. Then, I will present evidence that Michael is known for venting his hatred at anyone who dares to tackle the multinational death machine that he is currently constructing. This is not what I think; this is what I know. I additionally know that Michael's subliminal psywar campaigns represent not only a denial of reality, but also an especially beastly sort of spiritual poison that will make our country spiritually blind one of these days. Now that's a rather crude and simplistic statement, and in many cases it may not even be literally true. But there is a sense in which it is generally true, a sense in which it unequivocally expresses how if we don't sound the bugle of liberty, then Michael will soon become unstoppable. No borders will be able to detain him. No united global opinion will be able to isolate him. No international police or juridical institutions will be able to interdict him.Michael says that the purpose of life is self-gratification. Such verbal gems teach us that Michael, with his craftiness and stroppy traducements, will entirely control our country's exuberant riches by next weekend. Michael will then use those riches to stifle the voices of those who are simply seeking to be heard. The moral of this story is that he demands obeisance from his henchmen. Then, once they prove their loyalty, Michael forces them to scatter about in profusion an abundance of pro-Michael vituperations. I used to agree completely with those who claimed that most of us are now painfully aware of Michael's scabrous projects. Interestingly, my views on this have changed slightly as I have learned more about human motivation and human behavior. Now I believe that Michael's crime syndicate is a breeding ground for effete ratbags. The logical consequences of that are clear: We wouldn't currently have a problem with recidivism if it weren't for Michael. Although he created the problem, aggravated the problem, and escalated the problem, Michael insists that he can solve the problem if we just grant him more power. How naïve does he think we are? Truly, Michael is always trying to change the way we work. This annoys me because his previous changes have always been for the worse. I'm positive that Michael's new changes will be even more cantankerous because whenever anyone states the obvious—that his madness is the direct consequence of self-hatred, false assumptions about society, and stupidity—discussion naturally progresses towards the question, "Why is it that 99 times out of 100, his snotty, nasty precepts disgust me?" We already have our answer: As a respected journalist put it, "Michael's writings are a treasure trove of ad hominem attacks, besotted accusations, and biased reporting from a discourteous point of view". She probably could have added that Michael keeps telling everyone within earshot that he's a moral exemplar. I'm guessing that Michael read that on some Web site of dubious validity. More reliable sources generally indicate that his viewpoints were never about tolerance and equality. That was just window dressing for the "innocents". Rather, I must part company with many of my peers when it comes to understanding why Michael's continual falsifications of history neatly illustrate his adherence to jingoism. My peers claim that vicious defeatism is Michael's quiddity. While this is decidedly true, I insist we must add that Michael's favorite activities include cheating, lying, and tricking people into believing that a book of his writings would be a good addition to the Bible. Stated differently, Michael should work with us, not step in at the eleventh hour and hog all the glory.In a similar vein, if I didn't think Michael would add insult to injury, I wouldn't say that I am tired of hearing or reading that human life is expendable. You know that that is simply not true. If you think that this is humorous or exaggerated, you're wrong. Michael operates on an international scale to use "pressure tactics"—that's a euphemism for "torture"—to coerce ordinary people into ignoring compromise and focusing solely on his personal agenda. It's only fitting, therefore, that we, too, work on an international scale, but to cast a gimlet eye on Michael's opuscula. Whenever he hears that hotheaded Luddites are committing acts of banditry and insurgency, Michael puts on his usual kabuki of feigned outrage. In private, however, he secretly supports such activities. Even worse, Michael once said that he is a champion of liberty and individual expression. Oh, please. I'm just glad I hadn't eaten dinner right before I heard him say that. Otherwise, I'd probably still be vomiting too hard to tell you that I want my life to count. I want to be part of something significant and lasting. I want to break the spell of great expectations that now binds longiloquent enemies of the people to Michael. Because Michael Clancy is so caught up in trying to concentrate all the wealth of the world into his own hands, I'd like to conclude this letter by quoting to him the last line of R. M. Rilke's poem, "Archaic Torso of Apollo": "You must change your life."

Dank
Dank

LOL@Furrious for trolling with auto-complaint generator.

Spaceman Schmuck
Spaceman Schmuck

 wow Furrious

shift+enter will give you a new paragraph, my friend. I highly advise their use as it seems to me it makes reading easier.

see what I mean?

WTFurious
WTFurious

I agree with Nom, you obviously live in your mothers basement living in the dark confines of a tortured childhood past. Is this your way of getting back at those who bullied you? typing long ass comments to make it seem that your voice matters. I doubt you even know who Clancy is. I feel bad for you bro. I do. Because as i read (less than half) of what you wrote, i pictured just that. A middle aged man, stewing in the past of a childhood filled with failure and pain. This may not be you, or maybe it is, but this is what i got out of it.

Nom
Nom

that was so boring. seriously i got through about three lines before my eyes glazed over. you are the dullest person alive.please stop using the internet and go play in the caravan you obviously live in. maybe bbrraannnddeeeeennn is around or another of your "attractive cousins" LMAO.

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