Last weekend I shared with you that my cousin Ryan had written and performed a new song called “Christian Side Hug.” Today, I want to share with you my exclusive interview with him about this crazy song that’s now received well over 500,000 views on YouTube, where it came from will there be a follow-up song coming out soon.
ST.net: What is the real story behind your now world famous “Christian Side Hug” video?
Ryan: A couple of us would go to our friends house after our youth group on wendsday night and have dinner and watch TV, and my friends wife came out of the kitchen so i went to welcome her with a hug, but she had a big bowl of salad in her hands. so i “turned to the side to pat her on the back” and this spontaneous rap came out of me, ” gimme dat christian side hug …” and from there it caught on as a inside joke about the religious “christian side hug”. we sang it to eachother as a joke for like a week untill it caught on to some of our youth. it became such a “hit” around the church we decided to take the mockery of the side hug to the next level. so two of my friends (who are also rapping in the video) and i made it into a full song where we performed it at our anual summer camp. the kids went crazy for it, so decied to do it again at our EG confrence in 2009 where it was filmed and later put on youtube.
ST.net: When did you first record the song?
Ryan: 2009 sometime.
ST.net: What parts of the song did you write?
Ryan: I wrote half the chorus ” gimme dat christian side hug …” and the first verse that I rap on in the video.
ST.net: What kind of positive or negative reaction have you receive?
Ryan: Haha almost all negative. we posted the song almost a year ago and all of the sudden it blew up. We all find it sad that the public doest believe a church can be fun and use self-deprecating humor. We also find it extremely funny to read all the rumors about us being a “real rap group traveling to promote purity at churches”, which is not true at all, and would be completely obvious if people would stop getting their info from other peoples opinions and come to the source.
ST.net: I’m glad I’ve got family connections to get the real story. Besides us who else have you interviewed with in the last month?
Ryan: Earlier this week I talked to The Chicago Tribune about this song. Crazy!!!
ST.net: Do you plan on recording a new song called “Christian Wave”? You know the courtesy wave that someone gives you at Church. It usually takes place when they’ve talked to you at least once over the last year and feel compelled to say “Hi” even though they don’t really know you.
Ryan: Haha no but i think we should!
Thanks for clearing things up for us Ryan. Now, get to work on coming up with another great song for us to laugh too. Did you get the joke in this video? Can Christians have a sense of humor today? Let us know your thoughts on this interview with Ryan in the comment box below.