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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Silento's Watch Me (Whip Nae Nae) & Other Dances That Are Mentioned In That Song

Edited by Azizi Powell

[Revised October 5, 2016]

This is Part II of a two part series on the Hip-Hop/Pop dance the "Nae Nae".

Part II of this series provides information about the Nae Nae dances and showcases three videos that feature Silento's "Watch Me" (Whip Nae Nae). This post also features videos of the following dances that are mentioned in that song: "the Stanky Legs", "Superman" (Crank That Soulja Boy", and the "Bob". The Addendum to this post provides information about the "Whip".

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2015/07/how-nae-nae-dance-got-its-name.html for Part I of this series. Part I provides information and comments about and videos of the 2013 We Are Toonz' hit record "Drop That #NaeNae".

The Addendum of that post showcases a video of the 1991 Hip-Hop song "Doo Doo Brown". That dance is mentioned in the lyrics to WeAreToonz's "Drop That Nae Nae".

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Silento and all the other featured artists for their compositions. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post, all those who are featured in these videos, and all the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

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INFORMATION ABOUT SILENTO'S "WATCH ME" (WHIP/NAE NAE)
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watch_Me_(Whip/Nae_Nae)
""Watch Me", full title "Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae)" is the debut single by American rapper Silentó. He initially uploaded it online on his YouTube channel on January 26, 2015. In five months, the song achieved over 50 million views.

The song involves various hip hop dances from various songs like "Crank That (Soulja Boy)", "Stanky Leg", ect.

In April 2015, he was signed to Capitol Records that released the track as a single with an accompanying music video. The single peaked at number 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[1] The song has also charted in Australia, France, Germany and New Zealand."

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SOURCE FOR THE DANCE NAME "NAE NAE"
Silento's "Nae Nae" dance owes its name to the We Are Toonz' 2013 created dance which is loosely based on the Martin television character "Sheneneh". It appears to me that the Nae Nae that is performed in the videos that feature Silento's "Watch Me" is much less of a parody of Sheneneh or anyone else* than the We Are Toonz' version of that dance.

*In Part I of this series, I shared my belief that the Nae Nae is a parody of stereotypical ideas about how gay males dance.

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SLANG MEANING FOR THE WORD "WHIP" (in the dance "Watch me (Whip/Nae Nae)
From http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Whip
"Whip
When the steering wheel was first put into use in automobiles, it was called the "whip". The whip is what you used to control the horses on a stagecoach, hence the analogy. Many years later, various hip hop artists noticed that the Mercedes-Benz logo resembled a steering wheel. They then proceeded to use the old term "whip" to describe any Mercedes-Benz vehicle. The term has now been generalized to classify any expensive automobile.
The new show "Unique Whips" on SpikeTV is obviously going to suck."
by dieselaj February 04, 2005

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"whip
A whip has simply come to represent a car. It has been said that it was used a long time ago when a whip would be used to steer the horse-drawn carriages. It is used in hip-hop fashion, and it has come represent any car not neccesarily a really nice car.
"Yo, you want scoop me to scoop you up, I gotta whip"
#whip #whips #car #wip #wipe"
by kyle ramba October 20, 2006

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From http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=the%20whip
"The Whip
the term "whip" is referred to as a dance. The motion consists of lifting the knee opposite which ever arm you are using, then dropping it and moving you arm straight like you are driving a car. this dance move is associated closely with the nae nae and the song "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)
Can you do the whip

Yes! Watch me Whip *Ayyyee* Now watch me nae nae.

#dance #car #popular #nae nae #whipping"
by haysmith March 18, 2015
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The phrase "whip it" as used in The Dazz Band's 1982 Funk music hit "Let It Whip" means "Go all out. Put all your energy or enthusiasm into what you are doing"

Given that meaning, "Whip that NaeNae" is performed like you are holding the steering wheel while driving a car. But that phrase means, put all of your energy and dance the NaeNae the best that you can.

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FEATURED VIDEOS THAT FEATURE SILENTO'S "WATCH ME"
Example #1: Silentó - Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) (Official)



SilentoVEVO Published on Jun 25, 2015
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Click http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/silento/watchmewhipnaenae.html for lyrics to Silento's "Watch Me" (Whip Nae Nae).

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Example #2: Silento - "Watch Me" (Whip / Nae Nae) (TPE Dance Tutorial Music Video)(@PricelessDaROC)



PricelessDaROC, Published on Mar 29, 2015

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Example #3: Watch Me Whip and Nae Nae Compilation - VINES Dubsmash Silento Dance Remix #WatchMeDanceOn



TopClips247, Published on Jun 24, 2015

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DANCES THAT ARE INCLUDED IN SILENTO'S "WATCH ME"
Example #1: GS Boyz - Stanky Legg



GSBoyzVEVO Uploaded on Nov 23, 2009

Music video by GS Boyz performing Stanky Legg
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"Stanky" is an African American Vernacular English word that means stinky, smelly, funky.

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Example #2: Soulja Boy Tell'em - Crank That (Soulja Boy)



SouljaBoyTellemVEVO, Uploaded on Nov 22, 2009

Music video by Soulja Boy Tell`em performing Crank That (Soulja Boy). (C) 2007 ColliPark Music/HHH/Interscope Records
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This dance is from from 2007.

In the context of Hip-Hop dancing, the terms "crank that" and "drop that" mean "do the [name of the dance].

Click http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/souljaboy/crankdatsouljaboy.html for the lyrics to this song. Warning: The mildly profanity words “sh_t” and “–itch” are found throughout this song.

"Crank That Soulja Boy" includes the elongated word "Yoooooou". We Are Toonz' ""Drop That #NaeNae" includes the similar elongated word "HUAHHHH!".

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Example #3: CHICAGO BOP MUSIC-DLOW-THE DLOW SHUFFLE OFFICAL BOP DANCE TUTORIAL



allchicagotv, Published on Jan 7, 2014
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Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2015/05/hip-hop-bop-information-comments-videos.html for a post about the Hip Hop dance called the Bop. A number of videos of the Chicago (Hip Hop) Bop began to be posted on YouTube in 2014. Chicago Steppin is an earlier form of dances with the name "Bop". A pancocojams post on Chicago Steppin (Bop) can be found by clicking the "bop" tag found below.

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ADDENDUM: COMMENTS ABOUT DANCE MOVE "WHIP"
WHIP- acting like your driving in a car (holding the steering wheel with one hand and then with the other]

From http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/6398451/so-you-know-you-cant-dance-tinashe-the-whip
"So You Know You Can't Dance: Watch Tinashe Teach 'The Whip' in New Episode"
By Jason Lipshutz, New York | December 10, 2014 11:53 AM EST
"Tinashe describes The Whip dance as a move in which "you're simulating how awesome you look when you're riding in your whip." "

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From http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Whip
"Whip
When the steering wheel was first put into use in automobiles, it was called the "whip". The whip is what you used to control the horses on a stagecoach, hence the analogy. Many years later, various hip hop artists noticed that the Mercedes-Benz logo resembled a steering wheel. They then proceeded to use the old term "whip" to describe any Mercedes-Benz vehicle. The term has now been generalized to classify any expensive automobile....

by dieselaj February 04, 2005"

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EDITOR:
I'm seeking brief explanation about the dance moves "break your legs" and "duff". It appears that people do these dances different ways on the videos that use the Silento "Watch Me" song. Any information would be appreciated.

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