Canadian TikToker goes viral with 12-hour rap tribute to Coolio

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A Toronto lady who went viral on TikTok final week for her 12-hour tribute to the late rapper Coolio, says making such movies is a method to get pleasure from each moment of life.

Tiana, or UntaintedAfro, as she’s identified on TikTok and Youtube, determined to honour Coolio, who died all of a sudden at age 59 final month, by rapping alongside to his 1995 hit Gangsta’s Paradise for 12 hours straight. In the TikTok, she wore her hair in a mode the rapper made well-known within the video for the tune featured within the film Dangerous Minds. Tiana’s video has since acquired greater than eight million views.

The 21-year-old, who didn’t need to use her final title, advised CBC News she’s identified for dancing in public, often in Toronto’s Yonge and Dundas Square, however says she solely began recording herself for social media final yr.

“I get pleasure from rapping and singing. So, it is not that tough for me to do it for hours on finish,” she advised CBC News.

WATCH | Tiana went viral for this marathon tribute to Coolio: 

Tiana’s route to making social media movies was not the standard one. It was solely after an communication she says she had with Toronto police that she realized life was too brief to not be doing what she liked.

In the summer time of 2021, Tiana was searching for a toilet and wandered right into a Toronto grocery retailer — having no concept that the shop was being robbed for the time being she walked in.

“I assumed one thing was occurring behind me. And I assumed after they jumped on prime of me that they had been making an attempt to defend me from what is going on on … however they had been arresting me. And then they despatched me to jail.”

Tiana stated she was behind bars for about half an hour when police realized she had nothing to do with the theft. She stated she was let go with out fees and would not know if police ever caught the precise suspect. 

‘A special life path’

“It simply threw me into a unique life path,” she stated of the incident. 

“After that, I went heavy into YouTube, I began making a number of movies. And it made me notice … ‘What am I doing?’ “

She determined to drop out of college, the place she had been bouncing round between completely different topics. Instead, she made the choice to concentrate on creating on-line content material for her personal enjoyment.

Initially, Tiana made movies about her pure hair, however slowly branched out into comedic skits and dance challenges. She would escape into dance routines on public transit or dance with strangers on the road.

Tiana quickly integrated music into her TikTok movies. She performs the piano and guitar in just a few of her movies and would document herself practising, as she stated importing the movies motivated her.

“I follow piano and guitar for a minimum of half an hour each day,” she stated.

She now has greater than 110K followers on TikTok.

Rapping for 12 hours straight

Then, she had the thought to do extra of what she liked, which was rapping and singing.

She stated she was impressed to begin making long-form movies by Mr. Beast, a YouTuber who takes on over-the-top challenges like counting to 100,000.

Tiana says she’s ready to rap for thus lengthy out of sheer willpower.

“I’m within the zone. I simply get pleasure from doing it,” she stated. “There’s actually not rather more to it than that.”

Her first 12-hour rap video was Eminem’s fast fireplace tune, Rap God.

WATCH | Tiana raps to Eminem’s Rap God:

“I posted that I used to be doing Rap God for 12 hours. My sister was like, ‘I do not perceive your content material,’ ” she laughed. Since then, Tiana has lined Doja Cat’s Get Into It (Yuh) and Kodak Black’s Super Gremlin for 12 hours every.

Her content material consists of different challenges, like dancing to Latin music for 3 hours, or to Michael Jackson’s greatest hits for 4.

She says she typically even will get acknowledged by strangers. “I used to be at my job and this man was like, ‘Aren’t you the lady from TikTok? I’m a giant fan. Can you do a rap for me?’ “

For now, Tiana’s plans embrace taking her TikTok fame and her rap movies in the future at a time.

She says she desires to “simply make sure that I’m having enjoyable each single day.”

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