Here’s how ‘Corn Kid’ got everyone singing about corn

The corn is back, thanks to a child who caught the internet’s attention by expressing an extremely sincere love of food.

If you’re on TikTok and have noticed an incredible amount of corn-related content, here’s some basic information. The “Corn Kid” meme involves a kid named Tariq, whose enthusiastic, short, and sweet interview about corn (and pretty much nothing else) is worth watching, if you haven’t already. do.

Why is everyone talking (and singing) about corn?

Corn-related content first caught my eye in late August, when I scrolled through my TikTok “For You” page and noticed several videos using the same soundtrack — a catchy song posted by the account TikTok @schmoyoho.

The song is inspired by an interview on Recess Therapy – a web series that asks children questions. In this interview, which debuted earlier in August, host Julian Shapiro-Barnum holds a microphone near a youngster named Tariq, who talks passionately about corn.

“I can’t imagine a more beautiful thing,” says Tariq.

@schmoyoho intro song for any meal/snack with corn 🌽 – from an iconic interview on @doingthings ♬ It’s Corn – Tariq & The Gregory Brothers & Recess Therapy

Tariq is missing a front tooth and wears a shirt decorated with double-decker bus designs. He grabs a half-eaten ear of corn and takes a bite or two of it during the interview.

Shapiro-Barnum asks him to describe the corn. “A big bump with pimples,” he says. Tariq suggests corn is $1 and wishes viewers a “corntastic” day.

As of this writing, @schmoyoho’s version of the song has 10 million likes. In the videos using the melody — of which there are over a million — people are ranking the lyrics, coming out and showing off the Corn Kid tribute art. There are musical theatre, punk and emo versions. Even actor and musician Kevin Bacon jumped on the trend by posting an acoustic version of the Corn Kid song that plays quite well.

@sam_caps Hope Pasek and Paul see this. Original song by @schmoyoho #corn#cornsong#cornkid#musicaltheatre#AEJeansSoundOn#WorldPrincessWeek#fyp♬ original sound – Sam_Caps
@slapfightmusic Sorry I had to. #corntok#cornsong#cornkidsong#cornkidremix#cornpunk#punkrocksongs♬ original sound – Slap Fight
@jessiefinds#millennial#corn#cornsong#cornkid♬ acoustic horn Evan Crommett – Evan Crommett

The Corn Kid is on Cameo, where you can request a video for $220. He was in a Chipotle advertising. He is sometimes called the CEO of Corn. And earlier this month, South Dakota named Corn Kid its official “corn bassador.” No one has ever been more suitable for a position.

@thechalkingdad I mean look at this thing! 🌽 #cornsong#cornkid#corn#chalkart#chalk @Recess Therapy ♬ It’s corn – Tariq & The Gregory Brothers & Recess Therapy

Who is the Corn Kid?

Although Tariq has talked endlessly about corn, we don’t know much about the kid behind the meme.

When he’s not dropping corn-worthy information, he enjoys playing games like tag and hide-and-seek.

“I play a variety of games,” Tariq says on Recess Therapy, “never lava monster.”

How can I watch the original Corn Kid interview?

If you’ve heard the corn song and want to watch Tariq’s interview from early August, it’s on Recess Therapy’s YouTube channel.

A follow-up post provides even more Tariq content.

Corn is once again on the menu.

@mitchdorling All hail the corn child #cheers#tok#fyp#foryou#yes#corn#itscorn#lookatthisthing#lumpofnobs#ithasthejuice#whatelse#supportsmall♬
@ally_yost CORN 🌽 #corn#fyp♬ This is corn – Tariq & The Gregory Brothers & Recess Therapy