Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hip Hop Bop - information, comments, & videos

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II of a two part series on African American originated dances with the name "bop".

Part II provides information, commens, and videos of (Hip Hop) bop.

Click for Part I of this post. Part I provides information, comments, and videos about the "Bop" (Steppin) in Chicago, Illinois, Detroit, Michigan, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

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Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post. Thanks also to all those who are featured in these videos and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

This is an adapted version of a larger section that is included in Part I of this series.

Several of the quotes below indicate that what I'm referring to as "Hip Hop bop" started in Chicago, Illinois and is an updated form of the old school Chicago Bop. This may be the case, but those two bop styles of dancing are quite different.

A number of commenters in the discussion thread for the video given as Example #4 in Part I of this series indicates that a lot of Chicago steppers "back in the day" were "gangstas". The slang term diddyboppin' fits the cool persona of young Black men walking down the street in a cool, swaggering manner. The term "diddyboppin" has been used to refer to the Hip Hop dance also known as "Gangsta Walk". "Diddy Bop" has also been used as a name for a form of the Hip Hop Bop dances which are the focus of this post. Notice a video of the dance that is called "diddy bop" that is given in Example #1 below.

From "Bop-Dance", created by admin, November 11, 2014
"Bop, also known as boppin, is a dance which originated from the West Side of Chicago, Illinois. The dance is fairly new and vastly unknown to those outside of Chicago, unless they keep up with the numerous types of music coming out of Chicago. Boppin is a very simple dance, it involves the dancer crouching down and doing some knee and arm movements. The dance is similar to break dancing, due to the fact that the dancer can incorporate whatever movement they like into the routine. Though the dance is fairly new, it has already seen its first star, Travon ‘Lil Kemo’ Biggs. Lil Kemo has proclaimed himself the Bop King and at the moment it’s hard to challenge that statement...

Bopping was born on the West Side of Chicago and is currently spreading across the country. This form of bopping is considered Chicago Bop because there have been numerous other bop dances before from different areas. The exact date that bopping was started is unknown and everyone have a different answer...

As bopping grows, it’s steadily surging through clubs and parties. Any party that’s dedicated to boppin is called a fiesta; Fiesta is also often referred to as ‘Fe Fe’.

Rap Music
Bop is huge on the rap scene; drill music, a sub-genre of Hip Hop has started incorporating the bop dance into their lyrics and videos. One of the most prominent rappers in the rap scene is a rap group known as ‘Sicko Mobb’. Sicko Mobb’s lyrics contain numerous lines referencing the bop dance and things related to boppin. Sicko Mobb said in an interview that their songs didn’t start getting popular until they started making bop songs.

Rappers whose lyrics don’t contain much bop references have started adding individuals boppin in their videos."...

How to Bop
...boppin is a very easy form of dancing, which is why it’s gaining traction at such a fast pace. To bop, bend your knees down a little to a butterfly-like stance and move your feet left to right without changing positions, while you’re doing that repeatedly cross and uncross your arms... It’s also important to keep in mind, other than the basic movements, individuals are free to add their own style to the dance."...

"Chicago Teens Perform ‘Bop’ Dance in DGainz" Posted on January 8, 2013 by KollegeKidd Staff
"DGainz provides the world a look at Chicago’s dance culture. The dance teens are performing in the video below is called the “BOP,” a form of ‘steppin.’ The “Bop” has undergone many transformations throughout several generations. Originally performed in the late 50s and early 60s, the “Bop” was a smooth, calm dance of striding, gliding, dipping and dabbing, according to In today’s generation amongst a younger, hip demographic, the “Bop” now is performed to Hip Hop music. It incorporates a “bounce” with slick footwork and various body movements. Check out teens perform the “Bop” below." [The video featured in that article is posted as Example #2 below]
The earliest YouTube videos that refer to this form of boppin that I've come across are from 2012.
Warning: Many of Hip Hop Bop videos contain profanity and/or what is commonly known now as "the n word" and often have risque sexual content. However, the featured examples below are largely family friendly.

These examples are presented in chronological order based on their publishing date on YouTube with the oldest video given first.

Example #1: The Real Harlem Shake (Diddy Bop Dance) Boogie Black

Nueadontia, Uploaded on Jan 14, 2012

Example #2: A Night Out w/ M.I.C | Shot by @DGainzBeats

DGaines1234 Published on Sep 1, 2012

Song Title: Future "Double Cups & Molly"
Chicago, IL

Big shouts out to Cermak x Kolin

Example #3: Dlow Lil Kemo Bopping To 'Clout Like Us'

Iwantmore, Published on Jan 20, 2014

Example #4: Best Father Daughter Dance Ever - BOPPIN

mrcush Tub, Published on May 25, 2014

Best father daughter dance ever!! S/o to my homie T Wayne(@twaynebsm) for the song and support I made a routine n taught it to my daughter BOPQUEEN BABY BOP. And this was my birthday and I was having a bad day n she said "Come daddy lets turn up" so I put the song on and we got it in. Some of are fans know if us some people saw other videos of us but nothin like this 1! ...s/o to Dlow shuffle doin his thing kemo and every body else from Chicago BOPPIN! WE ARE THE TRENDSETTERS OF BOPPIN #TeamCushandBabybop
devilbaby121693, December 2014
"I remember when she was just starting to learn how to bop gosh she done grew I would always watch the videos on fb.big fan"
The earliest video of this girl dancing that I've found is 2013.

Example #5: Bop King DLOW - DLOW'S Bop Challenge - EXCLUSIVE prod by @NunMajorBeats

Dlow Bopking Published on Apr 27, 2015

Video footage of @BopKingDLOW @aintchuleek @SpiffyDo3 @ChiefClout showing the WORLD the #FunAndFitness of Bop King DLOW'S latest dance "DLOW'S Challenge"

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