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From the projects to stardom via YouTube

YouTube sensation Antoine Dodson has the world at his fingertips after taking the web by storm. Check out how this homeboy made it big time.

A man whose sister was attacked in their home by a stranger has become YouTube's latest sensation, after an American television station broadcast his random rant on their nightly news.

Antoine Dodson's flamboyant interview with the local news station in Alabama following the incident at his family home transformed the serious story into an online hit, with his recount of the incident and direct address to the perpetrator proving highly entertaining.

Dodson warned the local community: "Obviously we have a rapist in Lincoln Park. He's climbing in your windows, he's snatching your people up. Trying to rape 'em, so y'all need to hide yo kids, hide yo wife, and hide yo husband, cos they're rapin' errbody out here".

Dodson then used the news story to speak directly to the would-be rapist.

"We got your t-shirt, you left your fingerprints. You are so dumb, you are really dumb. For real."

His rant included a warning that he was looking for the man who had tried to rip off his sister's clothes, and he would find him.

Now Dodson's interview has been transformed into a catchy tune, called the Bed Intruder Song, and has attracted more than 10 million hits since being uploaded on July 30.  It hit the top 25 songs on iTunes singles charts.

Produced by New York musicians and satire specialists the Gregory Brothers, the song has made Dodson an unlikely star.

Cashing in on his five minutes of fame, Dodson has released a range of merchandise, including t-shirts featuring his catch-cry "hide yo kids".