Teen’s Viral Video Jabs at ‘First World Problems’

A perceptive and ironic video created by a teenager pokes deep fun at the privileged lifestyle we live in the West. FunnyZ’s “First World Problems Rap”  video, posted just last week on YouTube, is a powerful, and funny, reminder of the inconsequential nature of “developed nation”s’ problems…and it has gone viral, garnering over 900,000 views since June 23:

Among the various “first-world” existential crises enumerated:

“My fridge is so full I have to reach way back

and my sports car doesn’t have an audio jack.”

“Something just beeped and I don’t know what it was:

was it my Roomba, convection oven, or just Google Buzz?”


“My fridge doesn’t have a touch screen – first world issue;

Killed this spider with a dollar cos I didn’t have a tissue!”

(See full lyrics here http://lybio.net/mc-funnyz-the-first-world-problems-rap/comedy/)

The video’s performer has created several other parodies, but First World Rap is the most successful so far. According to various online sites, FunnyZ is a 17-year old who lives in Washington, DC; he describes himself on Twitter to his over 16,900 followers as a “Youtuber, Twitterer (@omgidothistoo), Drummer (in a cool band!), Graphic Designer, Synthesizer-Player (Synthesist?), & Freestyle Rapper.”

Hats off to this creative guy and his brisk indictment of the over-privileged, abundant lifestyle so many of us live.  Awareness is the first step in effective change…here’s to self-aware teens growing into world-changing grown-ups.


Photo: Still from YouTube video of First World Problems


Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

The kid's very cool, very on to "our problems" and how to reach kids (and adults). Good idea.

Glen P.
Glen P6 years ago

Haha. Awesome.

Who can't relate to many of these terrible problems we face here.

It's tragic.

Jane L.
Jane L6 years ago

I SO know what he means about the ice cream being too hard to scoop! =P

s. ryan
p. q6 years ago


Akin Adelakun
Akin Adelakun6 years ago

Great article. Thank you for this.

Francine P.
Francine P6 years ago

Awesome teenager, he will reach many youngster and adults.

We need more videos on this subject, different genres to reach different kind of teenagers.

Jeanie Johnson
Jeanie Johnson6 years ago

Youth? How about everyone else as well?

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago


Bernadette P.
berny p6 years ago

Hopefully some of the youngster will take notice...but somehow ...I dont think so!

Claire T.
Claire T6 years ago

He knows very well there are people living on next to nothing. That's why he made the video. Of course, the richest of the rich will never see it and wouldn't 'get' it anyway. They would like the unemployed just gone from the planet somehow. Oh, and their families too, of course. They certainly don't want those family members left behind needing support. Those people are way beyond his rap, but they think they deserve all they have. That is what is sick here in the United States. That men and women riding away from their $5 million homes in their $200,000 cars wearing $10,000 wardrobes look down on the people working two jobs struggling to support themselves and their children. And there is no way to shame those rich people - they just do NOT care and probably never will. I'm not asking for hand-outs from the rich to the poor. I'm talking about taxing them - the VERY richest - using that money to fund hiring in government jobs that rebuild the infrastructure, hire teachers, anything we can do to put people back to work. All those people working will be paying INTO income tax, social security, Medicare, unemployment. They will be paying their bills. They will have money left over to buy things, to go out to restaurants and movies, the money will be moving through the economy. And guess what? Those richest of the rich, that don't want to be taxed, they'll make money - they won't suffer at all for having to pay more in taxes.