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Yodeling Kid: The Voice of a Generation

Ashlyn Dodson, Staff Writer

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You’ve heard him and you love him. Mason Ramsey, the newest viral Twitter trend, is the 11-year-old singing sensation who has captured the hearts of people across the nation. In a matter of days, pint-sized Mason went from singing in a superstore to being a superstar, and all thanks to one tweet.

On March 24, a video of Mason Ramsey singing and yodeling Hank Williams’ “Lovesick Blues” in a Walmart surfaced on Twitter, with the caption “Me: which aisle can I find light bulbs? Walmart Employee:”. The tweet gained 55.7K retweets and 190K likes. Unfortunately though, the original video has been removed due to copyright reasons.

Mason first gained popularity as a meme, with entire accounts dedicated to making Yodeling Kid memes. A surplus of remixes and mashups also surfaced, incorporating Mason’s impromptu concert with popular songs, but people soon began to recognize young Mason for his talent. He appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 10, and performed at the Coachella music festival on April 13.

Unlike most viral memes, Mason’s fame hasn’t subsided. In fact, Mason recently released an original song titled “Famous,” which reached number one on the country music charts.

With a massive fan base, an entire meme genre, and 272.9K Twitter followers, Mason’s career is just starting. No matter what happens, one thing has been made clear: Mason Ramsey is the voice of  a generation—or at least 2018.

About the Writer
Ashlyn Dodson, Staff Writer

Hi! I’m a sophomore, and this is my first year working on The Wigwam. Beside newspaper, I’m involved in our school’s theatre program, which is probably the only reason I haven’t dropped out of school yet. My biggest supporter is definitely my cat, Rant, who keeps me from ending it all. “Sweet Talk” by Saint Motel is my favorite song of the week. It’s a bop, my friends. I’d like to thank caffeine and the grace of God for getting me through school. Amen. Thank you for reading this! I am so excited to be on staff this year! Also, please check out my blog about fig newtons: http://fignewtonsaregr9.weebly.com

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