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Now I'm With Spongebob, Racing Down The Autobahn refers to an a capella rap performed by an unknown amateur rapper and shared in a video by Tumblr user crimewave420. In the video, crimewave420 says someone paid him to mix and master the cringeworthy rap, which features references to SpongeBob SquarePants, Transformers, Star Trek and the death of Trayvon Martin. Six years after the video was first posted, it became the subject of memes as people added beats and visuals to the rap.
On December 11th, 2014, Tumblr user crimewave420 posted a video of himself listening to an acapella rap an anonymous amateur rapper sent to him to mix and master. After listening to the 30-second verse, he stands up and walks away in disgust. The caption reads:
These are actual lyrics someone is paying me money to record and mix and master I just cannot believe….that….this is a real song someone sat down and wrote and was like “yeah, yeah this will really kill the rap game”
The post gained over 74,000 notes on Tumblr in six years (YouTube repost by "whatisalogan" shown below).
Crimewave420 later shared the entire track, along with the beat created for the song (shown below).
While the post was popular on Tumblr, it did not begin becoming a meme until five years later, when on January 17th, 2020, the video was reposted to YouTube by "whatisalogan." The reposted video gained over 1.3 million views in over a year. This inspired other YouTubers to remix the a capella, adding beats and visuals to the track. For example, On January 21st, 2020, Twitter user @SatanApex posted a remix that gained over 640 retweets and 2,800 likes (shown below, top). Others paired the song with beats from the Odd Future collective, as they found the group's shocking early content was likely an inspiration to the amateur rap. On January 17th, 2021, YouTuber bymballa posted a remix that paired the lyrics with the beat from "Couch" by Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt, gaining over 117,000 views (shown below, bottom).
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