"Chocolate Rain" (CD single)

Music review by
Maria Dinoia, Common Sense Media
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YouTube award winner has smart racial commentary.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

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Positive Messages

There's racial commentary: "Chocolate rain/the same crime has a higher price to pay chocolate rain/the judge and jury swear it's not the face" and "Chocolate rain/made me cross the street the other day/Chocolate rain/made you turn your head the other way."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single is the winner of the 2007 YouTube Video Awards in the music category, and has become hugely popular. And while the lyrics are a bit cryptic, the singer himself admits to racial undercurrents.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAnonymos June 28, 2019
Adult Written byUltimateHaloFan September 5, 2010


nothing wrong with it!
Teen, 17 years old Written byhamstergurl09 July 15, 2011

I Laughed Out Loud When I Saw A Review Page for This on CSM

I didn't expect this website to have a review page for basically a viral video.

Regardless, I think this song is pretty good. It's repetitive, but I... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old March 11, 2010

Same beat, different words.

He says '' Worse than swearing''

What's the story?

Twenty-five-year-old grad student Tay Zonday has quite a hit on his hands with over 15 million YouTube viewers of \"CHOCOLATE RAIN\" as of the end of February 2008. The almost five-minute song is a repetitive, programmed keyboard and drum loops that could be labeled as pop, but sounds unlike anything out there right now. There are also a whole lot of deep lyrics.

Is it any good?

Zonday's distinctively deep voice doesn't exactly match his boyish, leaning-towards-nerdy appearance, but "Chocolate Rain" doesn't really have a match, either. The video itself is plain with Zonday singing in to a microphone, doing nothing to spice things up, and after two minutes (of an almost 5-minute-song) boredom sets in. Perhaps what people find most interesting is Zonday's throaty voice and trying to figure out exactly what he's saying about "Chocolate Rain."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the power of YouTube. It has made stars out of some people who were relatively unknown. How do people become so popular so fast? Is it because the general public is infatuated with fame and the famous?

Music details

  • Artist: Tay Zonday
  • Release date: March 28, 2008
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Tay Zonday
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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