The Cinnamon Toast Crunch Guy Had a Rap Career Connected to Kayne West

Somehow, the story of the man who found shrimp tails in his Cinnamon Toast Crunch continues to get weirder.

The internet went crazy after learning that Jensen Karp, the man behind the viral shrimp tail story, is married to actor Danielle Fishel, best known for playing the character Topanga Lawrence on the '90s sitcom Boy Meets World. But in a new update, people are also realizing that in the early aughts, Karp was a rapper known by the stage name Hot Karl.

According to MEAWW, Karp landed a million-dollar record deal at the age of 19. He went on to work with artists like Kanye West and will.i.am before retiring from the music industry soon after.

Karp detailed his brief rap career in a 2016 interview with Entertainment Weekly, describing it as "the most ridiculous part of my life." Hot Karl, he says, was "a weird project where I could let my influences seep through and not just change because I [knew] what would sell better. I was just being myself. Even though it didn't play out the way I really wanted it to, I still feel pretty good about it."

After winning a series of Los Angeles radio rap battles in the late 1990s, Karp was offered a record deal by Jimmy Lovine, co-founder of Interscope Records. However, his album was never released due to alleged "scheduling conflicts." Karp called the time "a surreal ride" that "doesn't end with the happiest of endings."

Since retiring from rap, Karp went on to launch a gallery, host podcasts, and write for TV. In 2016, Karp also penned a memoir, titled Kanye West Owes Me $300, about his years in the music industry.

The Twitter community can't stop talking about the many twists and turns Karp's story has taken in the few days since he first posted the viral shrimp tail photos.

“The Cinnamon Toast Crunch shrimp tail guy is married to Topanga and also rapped under the stage name Hot Karl."

OK, now the holy spirit is just going ham.

— Danielle Campoamor (@DCampoamor) March 24, 2021

Many are describing Karp's ongoing saga—and the context behind it—as having a "Mad Libs" level of randomness.

Woke up to learn the guy who found shrimp tails in his Cinnamon Toast Crunch is married to Topanga from “Boy Meets World” and was once a rapper named Hot Karl.

So we’re either living in a simulation gone haywire or the superior being(s) running the show are playing MadLibs.

— Dan Chibnall 🖐🏻 🧼 😷 (@bookowl) March 24, 2021

Hot Karl, who is married to Topanga, found shrimp in his cereal. It's like we're playing Mad Libs here.

— Jenny (@kobidor) March 24, 2021

The guy who found the shrimp in his cinnamon toast crunch is married to Topanga and used to go by hot Karl. Life these days feels like the worlds worst game of madlibs

— stoned cold fox (@roastmalone_) March 24, 2021

Others can't get over how perfectly certain aspects of the story align.

A man named Karp married to a woman named Fishel found shrimp tails in a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The cereal was purchased from the Costco on Topanga Canyon Blvd, and his wife played Topanga in Boy Meets World. Meanwhile, Karp used to be a guest on Pistol Shrimp Podcast.

— Batmanda (@HarveyBar22) March 24, 2021

As of Tuesday night, Karp reported on Twitter that he had sent the shrimp tails from his cereal box to a carcinologist—a scientist who studies crustaceans—for DNA testing. It remains to be seen what this testing will reveal about the possibility of contamination in Karp's box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

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Writer and former rapper Jensen Karp reported finding shrimp tails in his box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Tim Graham/Getty Images