Silentó - Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)

22 August Critic Jonni 0 Comments

First we had the hump thanks to Rizzle Kicks' song "Mama Do The Hump", next we had the gangnam style dance thanks to PSY's song "Gangnam Style". Now we have the whip, the nae nae, the stanky leg, the break your legs, the bop, the yule, the superman and the duff, however we already had all these dance moves, Silentó has just put them all together into a full dance, I am so disappointed.

Silentó, real name Ricky Hawk, is an American rapper. This is his debut single. At only 17, he has already made a name for himself with this single, managing to chart in various countries around the world, including charting at number three in the US Billboard. It is currently climbing the UK chart, and I wouldn't be surprised if it hit the top 10.

This video looks good to start off with, however the budget was clearly blown on the extras in the background, from cheerleaders to old ladies, from dancers and dance crews to celebrity singers who include Lil Scrappy and Rich White Ladies. This could've been so much better.

These dance moves aren't Silentó's own, which makes me sad. We Are Toonz created the whip and the nae nae, the latter was made popular in their music video for "Drop That NaeNae". The stanky leg is from GS Boyz's song "Stanky Legg", break your legs is just known along with the bop. The yule and the superman is from Soulja Boy's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" which everyone is aware of and the duff is also just known apparently.

Overall a music video that is all about dancing and watching Silentó dancing, which relates to the song since he asks us to watch him do all the dance moves. I do feel a little cheated that the moves aren't his own, nor are they original either. However he's only 17, and he does dance well, and this song is catchy and there wasn't much they could've done with this video. It reminds me a bit of Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)".
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