10 hip hop dance moves of the past decade

Camilla Lingaas

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I thought it would be fun to start off the weekend with some memorising over the dances some of you might know, and some of you don’t. You may find this just plain stupid or you will find it entertaining. The truth is that when some of these songs come on in the club, the crowd goes crazy. So, maybe you shoud learn some of these moves and impress in the club!

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1. “Teach me how to dougie”

This is a song and dance produced by the American hip hop group Cali Swag District. The song was released digitally 12th April in 2010. The song refers to the Dougie dance, which is originally from Dallas, Texas. It goes all the way back when Doug E Fresh was in the spotlight, which is a rapper from the 1980s.

2. “Teach me how to jerk”

Audio Push is an American hip hop duo from Inland Empire in California. They are known for the West Coast hip hop dance “jerkin”. The group consist of Oktane (Julian Brown) and Pricetag (LJ). Their first hit single was “teach me how to jerk”.

3. “Cupid shuffle”

This song is by Cupid from his 2007 studio album “Time for a change”. This dance has drawn a lot of comparison to DJ Casper’s “Cha Cha Slide” which some of you might remember. In the United States, the song peaked at #66 on the Billboard Hot 100.

4. “Pop, Lock & Drop It”

This is the debut single by Huey and was produced by Calvin Miller. It was released from his debut album “Notebook Paper” in 2006. In early March 2007, “Pop, Lock, and Drop It” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 98. The single peaked at number 6, becoming his first and only hit.

5. “Lean wit It, Rock wit It”

The song is performed by the Atlanta rap group Dem Franchize Boyz from their album “On Top of Our Game.” It features Peanut and Charlay and it is produced by Maurice “Parlae” Gleaton. It peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Rap Tracks. The music video shows them snap dancing.

6. “Walk it out”

“Walk it out” is the debut single of the rapper Unk, and this song have been played on the radio in Atlanta since March 2006 but the dance gained popularity nationwide. The song peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving him the first top-ten single of his career. The dance has become an Internet phenomenon, and is often dubbed over videos.

7. “2 step”

Yes, another Unk song. This is the second single from his album and was released in 2007. It has an accompanying dance that has been performed all over the world. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 94 in February 2007. It has also climbed to number 9 on Hot R&B/Hip-hop songs, number 4 on Hot Rap Tracks and number 2 on Hot Ringtones.

8. “Stanky legg”

“Stanky Legg” is the hit debut single of the GS Boyz. It was performed at BET’s Rip The Runway. The “Stanky Legg” is a multi-step dance that mainly involves the movement of the dancer’s leg being moved in a circular motion, then alternating to the opposite leg.

9. “Crank that”

“Crank that” is a viral dance craze started by DeAndre Cortez Way, AKA Soulja Boy Tell Em who is a young rapper who managed to turn his MySpace and Youtube fame into entertainment career. “Crank that” was recorded in 2007 and started his rise in popularity.

10. “Arab money”

“Arab money” is the first official single from Busta Rhymes eight studio album “Back on my B.S”. The song discusses the almost limitless stocks of wealth in the Middle East, particularly in Dubai. The song is featured in the 2009 video games Grand Theft Auto.



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Camilla Lingaas

Journalism student at Griffith College Dublin. Have a passion for music and everything evolving it!