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Babbling Baby Relates To Dad's Conversation About TV's 'Empire'

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

You know, the connection between a parent and a child can run so deep, it transcends language.

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KINGSTON PRYOR: (Babbling).

DJ PRYOR: That's what I was wondering. I don't know what they going to do next season because they did some stuff this time.

KINGSTON: (Babbling).

PRYOR: Exactly what I was thinking.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

That's a popular video of the comedian DJ Pryor and his 19-month-old son Kingston talking about the TV show "Empire."

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KINGSTON: (Babbling).

PRYOR: Right, don't bring that in, you know what I'm saying? Don't do the same stuff, you know what I'm saying?

MARTIN: (Laughter) Kingston can't speak in complete sentences just yet, but he and DJ are clearly on the same page.

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KINGSTON: (Babbling).

PRYOR: Really? I thought the same thing.

KINGSTON: (Laughter).

PRYOR: (Laughter) We think a lot alike, huh?

INSKEEP: This is as articulate as a lot of TV criticism. It's fine. The video is racking up millions of views - more than 43 million and counting.

MARTIN: We got Pryor on the phone and asked what he makes of the massive response.

PRYOR: I mean, people are talking about - they're studying it. They're using the video for speech, and all the things - and child development and things like that. I thought it was - it's crazy. I would have never imagined all that.

INSKEEP: He thinks the video resonates because it shines a light on the joys of fatherhood, particularly black fatherhood.

PRYOR: Even if I was acting, Kingston was not acting. That was a pure moment that he and I had, and the world just enjoyed it.

MARTIN: The clip even got the attention of the restaurant chain Denny's, which cast the duo in a Father's Day commercial.

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KINGSTON: (Babbling).

PRYOR: That bacon was amazing. You're right.

INSKEEP: So Kingston has become a celebrity. Dad says he's OK if his son cannot appreciate it all just yet.

PRYOR: I think it's something that he can look back and remember that one day or that one week or month - however long this rides - that we made the world laugh.

INSKEEP: Well said.

(SOUNDBITE OF THE DEER TRACKS' "PROLOGUE") Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.