Declan rice became an unlikely rap sensation on social media this week after participating in the “Sing Your Dialect” karaoke craze that takes Twitter Spaces by storm.
The West Ham United and England the midfielder appeared and rapped a verse from the classic Vanilla Ice hit “Ice Ice Baby”, in which he changed the chorus to “Rice Rice Baby”.
It was all part of the “Sing Your Dialect” phenomenon that went viral this week, which saw many faces of famous footballers get involved.
Declan Rice’s #SingYourDialect by numbers:
– Football Squawka (@Squawka) 23 November 2021
The Sing Your Dialect karaoke party kicked off Monday on Twitter’s new Spaces feature, the creation of Jacob McLaughlin, an 18-year-old from Manchester who by his own admission had “100 Twitter followers and nothing else to do. “.
McLaughlin initially invited only four of his friends to perform, but the link quickly went viral as 150,000 enthusiastic fans flocked from around the world.
“Sing your dialect was [started as] karaoke for everyone “, McLaughlin said. “It doesn’t matter how big or small you are on Twitter, anyone can give it a try.
“Everyone’s on the same level. It’s fun, we’re not here to be serious. It’s just a joke.”
However, it didn’t take long for the joke to spread around the world, with a slew of football clubs from Premier League to non-leagues, individual players and fans jumping on board.
There were dozens of celebrities spotted in the audience including various Youtubers, TV personalities, pop stars, professional footballers … oh, and Barack Obama, the former president of the United States, who sat down and listened intently the Shrewsbury Town team sang ABBA.
– Shrewsbury Town FC (@shrewsweb) 23 November 2021
A strong English Football League performance was exemplified by the whole defense of Morecambe FC, who proved how solid they really are as a team. sing “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” by The Script.
I wonder what #SingYourDialect is all about …
– Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) 23 November 2021
Former Middlesbrough and Bolton Wanderers defender David Wheater surprised everyone with an explosion of choice from Pulp’s “Disco 2000”.
David Wheater: “I used to play for the youth teams of Middlesbrough, Bolton and Oldham. ??
Wheatz releases Disco 2000 with a nod to #oafc owners with his intro.
– Sanny Rudravajhala (ny SannyR1985) 23 November 2021
Sing Your Dialect and other Twitter spaces basically work like a group phone call where the host controls who is speaking at all times. Jacob became master of ceremonies as people lined up to perform karaoke versions of their favorite songs.
Rice was first spotted listening to opening night, even hinting that he would be willing to get involved and sing a song himself.
Rice Baby Rice🎶😂 #singyourdialect
– Rice Declan (@_DeclanRice) 23 November 2021
Sure enough, the 22-year-old found the courage for Tuesday’s Sing Your Dialect party, to Jacob’s delight.
IVE GOT DECLAN RICE SINGING RICE RICE BABY THIS IS AHAHAHAHHAHAA CLASS
– jacob (@ jacobbmc2) 23 November 2021
This guy 🤦🏿♂️🤦🏿♂️🤦🏿♂️🤦🏿♂️🤦🏿♂️ https://t.co/bhgor3yYbR
– Arthur Masuaku (@ArthurMasuaku) 23 November 2021
– West Ham United (@WestHam) 23 November 2021
Rice, Baby rice 🎶 pic.twitter.com/GLTotXK3Xs
– England (@England) 23 November 2021
Rice’s energetic vocal performance was warmly received by former England internationals as Jamie Carragher and Pierre Crouch, and has become a trending topic on Twitter compete with the Champions League action that night.
– Jamie Carragher (@ Carra23) 23 November 2021
What a man
– Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) November 24, 2021
Reece James scores against Juve in the Champions League but Declan Rice is getting closer because he sings Rice Rice Baby on Spaces. 🤷🏼♀️😂 pic.twitter.com/PdkRT8ZHKs
– Kelly Cates (@KellyCates) 23 November 2021
We can’t wait to see which famous names from the football world and beyond connect for the next Sing Your Dialect night.