Vicar raps the Nativity play

A vicar has become an internet hit after posting a video on YouTube of him rapping the story of the Nativity.

Reverend Gavin Tyte filmed himself telling Luke’s gospel using the technique of beatboxing.

His video, entitled The Beatbox Nativity, has been viewed more than 15,000 times and involves the vicar posing in costume as the key characters.

The lyrics start: “Back in the day of Caesar Augustus / He decreed to proceed with an empirical census / The first while Quirinius was the Syrian nexus / To enlist and insist people get on the next bus.”

Rev Tyte, the 40-year-old vicar of Uplyme Church in Devon, created the three-minute video following the popularity of his live performance last year.

He said he often used beatbox rhythms in his sermons and uses it to teach in schools.

“I love writing and wondered if it was possible to write the bible in rap.”

“You are constrained by what is written and what sounds good so it does not flow as well as if you were rapping from scratch.”