In the year 2007, two things dominated the internet:
- Gilbert Arenas' blog on NBA.com.
- "Chocolate Rain" by Tay Zonday. For those of you who forgot, or aren't old enough to remember the song, here you go.
If you can't understand how that became a viral phenomenon, remember the internet was a very, very different place in 2007. Digg was more popular than Reddit, Myspace was still relevant, and Twitter was just a place where people could check in on Ashton Kutcher.
But we're getting off track. Why are we talking about Gilbert Arenas and Tay Zonday? Well, Dave McMenamin, a Cavs beatwriter for ESPN recently hosted an AMA where a user asked him about his time editing Gilbert Arenas' blog, back when he worked at NBA.com. He brought up an interesting story about a video they tried to make, but couldn't because of Tay Zonday:
andrewjackSHUN on Reddit: I loved your Blog with Gilbert Arenas. What are some cool/ funny things that happened during the process ?
Dave McMenamin: Thank you. It was a wild time looking back at it. You never know just what will become viral and somehow that blog managed to have that popularity for about two years straight. Here's a funny story from doing it. Remember that song "Chocolate Rain" that was another mini internet sensation around that time? Gilbert and I had the idea to reach out Tay Zonday to do a song about Gilbert's blog. We figured it would be like two internet celebrities joining forces to become an internet All-star team. Tay didn't quite see it that way. His people quoted us something like $10,000 to make it happen. And sadly, we never got a Agent Zero song.
Now I know what you're probably thinking: Where on earth would they get the idea to have Tay Zonday sing a song about Gilbert Arenas? Maybe because of this, but it's hard to say. But also, why would Tay Zonday be such a jerk about trying to cash in on a video with Gilbert Arenas? Well, another Redditor chipped in with an explanation that makes some sense:
This would have been magical to see but to play devil's advocate, as someone who has worked with Tay more than a few times, he suffers from some bad social anxiety. He also is very particular about his image remaining squeaky clean, like a modern day Sinbad, which I think played a part in it.
So I guess there's no reason to be upset about what could have been if that's truly the case. It's just one of those dreams that was never meant to be a reality. Instead, we'll just have to settle for the NSFW song Chris Gethard sang about Gilbert Arenas in 2008.