Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Soulja Boy and Dance Crazes

Posted by emilyjones232 on March 29, 2017

As soon as I read that this was one of our assigned essays this week, I knew I was in for a treat. I immediately went and listened to “Crank That” and remembered why it was such a GREAT song, and then went back to work.

This song reminds me of recess in elementary school, particularly fourth grade. It was the cool thing to do to learn all the words of the Soulja Boy song (probably a bit scandalous for a bunch of 4th grade kids) and do the dance for the entirety of recess.

Soulja Boy was one of the first songs to be considered a “dance craze.” Many people knew the dance and posted their dance to the Internet, from elementary school kids to professional athletes.

I thought it was super interesting that Crank Dat was not a specific Soulja Boy thing. It was a thing to unite the rappers in the southern United States, due to the majority of hip-hop happening in either New York City or Los Angeles. For some reason, DeAndre Way’s version of the Crank Dat phenomenon stuck and become a giant dance craze.

Dance crazes are so popular that it would be unusual not to see one every year or so. Some other famous dance crazes in the last few years include the Harlem Shake, the Dab, the Whip and Nae Nae and Juju on that Beat. People take pride in finding the latest dance craze before everyone else. The dance craze is just a part of our popular culture and further pushes the popularity of the Internet music culture.


3 Responses to “Soulja Boy and Dance Crazes”

  1. jasendavis said

    I’m going to have to disagree with your notion that it was a great song, but it sure was a memorable one. My entire eighth grade year was a music video for this song. They mad us dance to it at graduation. It was terrible.

  2. emilychildress329 said

    I agree with you that the song is GREAT. To this day I still have it on my playlist and listen to it on most days while incorporating the dance moves in there as well. I think that the reason people love it so much is because no matter what age you are the dance is so simple that anyone can do it.

  3. emilyfalicaa said

    The Harlem Shake is probably the best example of participation, especially with music. While more people know Soulja Boy, The Harlem Shake literally called for people to videotape it and post it everywhere and it made people compete to have the best and biggest one. The apps charged people 99 cents a video making it so participation also had a price on it.

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