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The 2008 song 'Whatever You Like' by T.I. went viral after fans claimed that it sounds like 'Joe Biden'

Darcy Schild   

The 2008 song 'Whatever You Like' by T.I. went viral after fans claimed that it sounds like 'Joe Biden'
  • Rapper T.I.'s 2008 song "Whatever You Like" has become a viral soundtrack in support of President-elect Joe Biden, the projected winner of the presidential race, according to Decision Desk HQ.
  • On Wednesday, a Twitter user mentioned the song's lyrics but replaced "your body" in the original words to instead sound like: "I want Joe Biden / I need Joe Biden."
  • The tweet sparked a trend on TikTok, where users listened to T.I.'s song and expressed how they couldn't "unhear" how close it sounds to Biden's name.
  • It's not the first time "Whatever You Like" has been taken on a political meaning. In May, T.I. condemned the Trump campaign's use of the song, which had been distorted and played without his permission in an anti-Biden advertisement.

Since Election Day, Americans have found unity — and distractions — in memes that they've made and shared on social media to capture the tense feeling of waiting for states to finish reporting their votes.

One song from the mid-2000s has made an unexpected resurgence thanks to a viral tweet, and it's seemed to take on a whole new meaning in support of President-elect Joe Biden, the projected winner of the presidential race, Decision Desk HQ and Insider called on Friday.

On Wednesday, a Twitter user mentioned the lyrics of rapper T.I.'s song "Whatever You Like," but replaced the original words — "your body" — with "Joe Biden."

The tweet took off, garnering more than 40,000 retweets at the time of writing, and sparked a TikTok soundtrack that led people to react to the song — which many people seem to think really does sound as if it's saying Biden's name.

@pennfrancis

I was so confused ‍♂️ ##biden2020 ##fyp ##joebiden ##dumptrump

♬ I want joe biden need joe biden - Nicole Martin

Some users on TikTok commented they "can't unhear" the made-up song lyrics.

@laurbolt

I’ll be singing this on repeat until the finale results are in.

♬ I want joe biden need joe biden - Nicole Martin
@sierra.anne

##joebiden ##presidentialelection ##2020 ##vote ##foryou ##fyp

♬ I want joe biden need joe biden - Nicole Martin

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay joked on Twitter that in the tense aftermath of Election Day, she was part of the "small group of conspiracy theorists" embracing the alternative lyrics.

Other users said that the song's resurgence has led to a welcome wave of nostalgia.

Earlier this year, T.I. called out the Trump campaign for using a distorted version of 'Whatever You Like' in an anti-Biden ad

It's not the first time T.I.'s "Whatever You Like" has taken on a political meaning.

As reported by the Miami Herald, in May, T.I. responded to an advertisement President Donald Trump had posted on Twitter, which used "Whatever You Like" — and repurposed the lyrics, saying: "I don't want Joe Biden, need Joe Biden. Long as you've got me you don't need Joe Biden."

The advertisement has since been removed from YouTube and Twitter.

A representative for T.I. told Complex in a statement: "The video distorts lyrics from his No. 1 charting song by misrepresenting the lyrics through text language and distortion of his recorded voice."

"It goes without saying that T.I. would not in any way ever support the divisive policies and destructive propaganda of Trump," the statement said. "The people of our country deserve far better than this."

Representatives for T.I. did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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