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Mickey Mouse rapping is the greatest thing on TikTok right now

People are creating bizarre videos of Mickey Mouse rapping songs from the likes of Lil Tjay and Bizzy Banks using 3D social app IMVU.

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Pop cultural entities have converged in increasingly bizarre ways over the last couple of decades, and one of the most recent examples of this convergence features Mickey Mouse avatars rapping and dancing along to contemporary rap songs.

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Users create the Mickey Mouse avatars through IMVU — an online metaverse and social media network that allows people to customize digital avatars with purchasable clothing and accessories.

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This probably isn’t what SoFaygo had in mind when he made “Knock Knock.” @imvutokky

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the trend started, but TikToks incorporating the IMVU avatars started to surface this March.

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This one features an original Mickey Mouse rap by Yvng Mickey@iamyvngmickey

Mickey Mouse TikToks generally feature existing rap songs but some users have created original songs around the trend

Yvng Mickey went viral last week after reposting a video that featured his own rendition of a crooning Mickey Mouse original.

Yvng Mickey

Given the viral nature of these videos, it makes sense that users have created them in order to generate some kind of self-promotion for their own music. It’s no secret that TikTok has become an avenue for major labels to promote their artists by trying to get challenges to take off but the Mickey Mouse raps feel like the opposite side of that coin.

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