Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Dance Crazes

Posted by marylennoxhalf on March 29, 2017

Before reading the article titled, “Soulja Boy and Dance Crazes,” I had not realized the steps that were taken while producing the songs, as well as spreading the songs. It was surprising to learn that Soulja Boy became popular through Myspace. Today, I see many people online trying to get famous through SoundCloud, or other social media sites. Even back then, (which seems like a long time ago, but it really wasn’t) it was possible for him to become well known through social media. This “craze” is seen very often, with popular songs, and this was the case back then too. I vividly remember “Crank Dat” from middle school. People would talk about that song and sing it, and put it as their captions on Facebook. (yikes.) What I found most interesting though, was that during those beginning times when Crank Dat was popular, Soulja Boy did not  “perform” the role as a rapper or producer. He simply acted as the cheerleader for the phenomenon. By using Myspace, he was able to be in contact with his fans and blog to them and communicate with them. This was an interesting article to read, since it touched on a lot of the things we have learned about. The way the songs were spread, the huge craze, and how social media played part. Most of these posts are very interesting, because you get to see a different side of the popular songs/memes and understand how they are spread and made popular through the media.


2 Responses to “Dance Crazes”

  1. Soulja Boy was one of my influences to start using MySpace because of his popularity and YouTube videos promoting his MySpace page.

  2. emilyjones232 said

    I really enjoyed the part in the article and your essay about the story of how the song became so big and swept the popular culture sphere by storm.

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