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How "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" Took Over the Internet and Beyond

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How the most infectious song of the year “watch me (whip/nae nae)” took over the internet and beyond.
Words Kris Ex
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of of XXL Magazine, on stands now.

This past October, Jeff Horning, the owner of a used car dealership in Wichita, Kan. posted a video to his company’s Facebook and YouTube accounts. The 45-second commercial starts seriously—with Horning boasting about his selection and financing options—before taking a quick step into the silly. Twenty seconds in, Horning suggests that you “pick out your whip, so you can nae nae,” while doing a set of dances that bare only passing resemblances to the moves he’s calling out. It’s intentionally hilarious and knowingly absurd, and it’s garnered the Priority Motorsports the most exposure the company’s ever had, simply by tapping into the latest viral dance craze. It would be easy to suggest that Silentó’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” is the latest in a line of ironically fun dances like the Cha-Cha Slide, the kind of dances that find themselves at home with bros and soccer moms, playgrounds and dorm rooms, country clubs and cookouts, pre-schoolers and grandmas. But that would overlook the unique space, which “Watch Me” occupies in pop culture. It’s grown into the biggest dance moment since the “Macarena,” but was birthed from the same circles that brought us closer-to-home movements like milly rocking, jerking, the dougie and the shmoney dance; and it’s seriously eclipsed its source material—We Are Toonz’ “Drop Tha NaeNae” and Famous to Most’s “Whip” (amongst others), while ingesting them. “Watch Me” is a symbol of an age where social media “content” is largely based on repurposing the originality of others, turning it into something new. It’s the perfect song for this pop culture moment.

The renditions of “Watch Me” are too many to name, and used car dealerships weren’t the only ones using the song. When Nikki Taylor of Carbondale, Ill. was eight months pregnant, she shot a video of her dancing to “Watch Me” with her 6-year-old daughter on Facebook and garnered 13 million views in one weekend. A YouTube account registered to Lindsay Jones, also posted Taylor’s video as its sole upload and garnered 4.7 million views. The official video has garnered over 400 million views on YouTube and everyone from Hillary Clinton and Alvin and the Chipmunks to cancer patients and father/daughter combinations have been caught on video doing the dance, with many of them raking up astronomical view counts. And it all started from a 16-year-old kid in the metro Atlanta area making things up as he went along outside of his chemistry class. “It was all just like a science experiment,” Silentó (born Richard Lamar Hawk) the now 17-year-old artist behind the song. “I tested a hypothesis that I had and it all did well.”

“Really well” is an understatement, and the song’s popularity is hard to overstate. Though it only reached as high as No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100, its prevalence online dwarves the two million accredited sales. “This is one of those type of songs that every week there’s something virally that happens with that song,” says the song’s producer, Tim Mingo, also known as Bolo da Producer. “Even now that the radio numbers are down, it’s still like top on Spotify, it’s still being searched every day on iTunes Music—it’s one of those song that’s just infectious.”

Part of the song’s power is in its sly usage of the first person and its show-and-tell usage of call-and response. “It’s a individual song,” says Silentó. “It’s an each person song. Everybody has their own feel or their own position to my song, ’cause it’s like, ‘Watch me—ooh, ooh, ohh.’ You know, like watch me. No other dance song says watch me do it. It just be telling you to do it.”

“Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” also benefitted from shrewd marketing that capitalized on the ownership baked into the song. Much of the songs virality began long before Silentó inked a deal with Capitol Records this past spring, thanks to a campaign launched by online music distributor TuneCore in conjunction with DanceOn, a YouTube multichannel that serviced the song to key dancers in its network. The move was so successful that by the time Silentó’s official video dropped at the end of June, it opened up with a collage of teams, teens, preschoolers and everyday people dancing to the song.

“Watch Me” was originally shot as a Vine clip back in November of 2014 and immediately, Silentó knew he was on to something from the reaction of his friends. (Though he’s still fi nishing his senior year at Redan High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., he continues to handle all of his social media accounts himself. He’s also a relentless self-promoter. At the end of this interview, being conducted by phone as he kills time in a Las Vegas mall, awaiting his fitting for that night’s Soul Train Awards, Silentó meticulously and clearly runs down all of his social media accounts, just for the record. (He’s @TheRealSilento on Twitter, Instagram, Vine and SoundCloud; Silento TV on YouTube.)

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Then and now, he would make up songs while banging on tables and share these ideas with his classmates through his phone, using them as sounding boards. When they gravitated to what would become “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” he began to pester Bolo to make the sketches into a full song.

“He kept begging me for like two months like, ‘Man I got this song,’” recalls Bolo. “All the kids in school they like it, they like it, they like it. I’m sitting there thinking and I’m like, ‘Man, he crazy. Nobody’s not gonna dance to two other dances that’s already been out already.’” One night in the studio, Bolo decided to just whip up quick beats so he could just hush Silentó up. “Let’s do this little concept, just get him out the way, so we can go ahead and work on this other record that we was working on that night,” he laughs. Bolo helped construct the song, switching around the hook (it was originally “watch me nae nae, watch me whip”), creating for pre-hooks and freestyle dance, vetoing the thought of actual rhymes on the song and encouraging Silentó to add in more dances like the Stanky Leg, the Bop and Silentó’s own invention, the Duff , which was the song they were supposed to have been working on. “When I heard it, the first thing that came out my mind was like, ‘Shit, this is crazy we got something,’” he says. “I don’t let him put songs up on his SoundCloud that we do ’cause a lot of times they’re not ready, but this was the one time out of any time I was like, ‘Go ahead, you can put it on your SoundCloud, that’s no problem.’ So he put it on there and immediately I just seen the reaction of it. In three days it had like 15,000 views and then it just doubled like every day. It just kept doubling on SoundCloud.”

Bolo had seen near-successes with his production work—the original version 2 Pistols and T-Pain collaboration work “She Got It,” the late Grand Hustle signee Doe B and a local college student Tiara’Nicole, who racked up two million views on YouTube for “Real Man” in 2009)—not living to fruition due to his lack of business acumen. This time around, he made sure that all dealing was right. He got the song coded under his ISRC and made a $9.99 TuneCore—a move which paid extreme dividends as the DanceOn campaign kicked in. “Every time the song was in any digital format, except for a few places, we got paid for that,” he says. “We were getting paid for every time somebody used that song on YouTube until we got signed through Capitol and they took over that.” Bolo splits all earnings with Silentó 50/50 and has secured his own deal as a producer with Capitol.

Jeff Horning, the used car salesman, didn’t actually use the song in his video, so there’s likely no revenue for the song makers there, but you’d be hard-pressed to find them complaining. With “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” they’ve created a song that’s mostly based off of dances that already existed, but has become something new and will go down in history as emblematic of the state of pop music in 2015. And, to hear Silentó tell it, it’s because the meaning of the song is universal and timeless.

“‘Watch me,’ you could use that for so many things,” he says. “Like watch me sell this car, watch me read this book, watch me make this money, watch me do my thing, watch me be an individual. It’s so many things you can use ‘watch me’ for. Watch me tell the weather, watch me tell what happened today. You can just stick it into everything.”

He’s right. People have stuck it into everything. And millions of us have watched.

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  • Teenage Atlanta hip-hop artist Silento recorded his first chart entry with this track, which was helmed and co-written by Bolo Da Producer. The chorus instructs listeners to break into a pair of dances: "The Whip and the Nae Nae were two different dances," Silento said. "I just got tired of seeing people do them so I started doing my own rendition where I was doing them both!"

    Soon after the song's release, fans decided to follow Silento's instructions, sharing their whipping and Nae-Naeing dance moves on Vine and YouTube.

  • Silento achieved some local support with his song before he even recorded it. He told Tunecore: "I had been singing it and dancing to it in school already. People were always asking me to do it, they already knew it."

    So when the song began to go viral, it was no surprise to the rapper: "When people are asking you do something repeatedly, it's like, you just know. People liked it, so I kept doing my dances!"

  • The song earned Silento a recording contract: On May 1, 2015 he was signed to Capitol Records.

  • Silento originally recorded this as a 15-second Instagram video. The teenage rapper was asked by Billboard magazine if he thought it would be such a hit after he recorded a full version of the song. He replied: "Yeah, I knew that it was a banger because everybody already liked it. In the video, which I recorded on my phone, somebody was beating on the desk at school. I took that same beat to [producer] Bolo and he went off of that and made a different beat. Once the audience gives you feedback, that's how you know."

  • Silento was (mock, we hope) bereft when he was not honored for this track. "No #Grammy Nomination???? Wow?," he tweeted.

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      This is one of the most emotional films I have ever seen. No, I was absolutely not embarrassed by either the appearance of the guys, or the fact that they were in wheelchairs, or there were speech problems, I work with such guys and got used to everything. I think that the director’s idea was not to show that there are people with disabilities in the world (everyone already knows about this, but they don’t want to admit it), but to draw attention to them as individuals. For the most part, people turn away from those who, in their opinion, are “not like that”, very often you can hear a phrase like: “if he were normal”, normal, I’ll ask again NORMAL? Yes, we are all good and we are all NORMAL, if a person does not walk, does not see, does not hear, this does not mean that he has no feelings, thoughts, talents. I quite often had to hold festivals for people with health problems and you know what is amazing, guys who come as spectators who have problems identical to the problems of the speakers, and there are practically no healthy people in the hall ... Why is that? After all, imagine how much strength, work on yourself is required for in order to go on stage, sing in a broken voice or with gestures, dance in a wheelchair or draw a real work of art?

      Rory is not a fiction or a fairy tale, it is a collective image of strong, very strong people. This seems to be a difficult problem for you and me - an emergency at work, or non-payment of salaries, watch this film, make an attempt to reassess your values, because problems are different. We can walk, work, love ... yes, love and hope that you will be reciprocated, but someone does not even have this hope.

      The only thing that is difficult, which is sometimes beyond the control of either the mind or the heart, is the desire not only to be friends with a person who has certain difficulties, but also to love him as a man (woman), to accept him as he is in everyone, probably, only those who can truly love and give themselves without a trace are capable of this, everyone needs to learn this. Therefore, I cannot condemn Sibon, I have no right, everyone, of course, has their own choice ...

      After watching this story, I realized that the most important thing in the life of every person is friendship. An invaluable friend who will worry about you sincerely and genuinely, who will always support you, albeit sometimes rudely and ineptly, but SUPPORT. That's what Rory and Michael's friendship was like, and it was truly wonderful!

      I especially want to note the acting, it is simply incomparable, but I generally keep quiet about my favorite McEvoy, I worried and cried with him! Great job!

      I advise everyone to watch this movie!

      June 28, 2010

    • Igor Cheminava

      23 reviews, 25 ratings, rating 8


      A very sad and vital film about two guys who, despite their disability, decided to try to start living anew. A film about true male friendship and support.
      Pleased with the actors who play the main roles - Jace McAvoy and Stephen Robertson. So really got used to the image! It requires a lot of work, which cannot but arouse admiration. And the scene on the bridge in general shocked to the core.

      November 6, 2013

    • Arina Pavlenko

      7 reviews, 10 ratings, rating 8


      Have you ever watched "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" starring Jack Nicholson? Do you remember that devastated feeling, the feeling of terrible injustice that remains after watching? So, these are all flowers compared to the feeling that you will have after a two-hour contemplation of the amazing tragic picture "I'm dancing inside myself"!
      The work of director O'Donnell and the two actors who played the main roles deserves at least recognition of the genius of their talent. How can you express everything with your eyes like that? For those people who, apart from their eyes, nothing else works, this will not be difficult, but for an actor (!!!), a simple person with two arms and whole legs, with a fully working head, convey all emotions with a look! This deserves a standing ovation!
      The film is not worth watching for the faint of heart, but for those who want to finally understand that they have a special GIFT, it is a must to watch! It also does not hurt to watch people with suicidal tendencies ;), to whom the film will convey how valuable our life is and every moment of it!
      O'Sheen touches me! This is a guy who knows that he will soon come to a physical end, but he not only keeps himself perfectly afloat, constantly making fun of others, but also pulls a wheelchair user like him to the surface of the ocean. True, the latter has something more than O'Sheen, he has a FUTURE, which he begins to appreciate only after the death of a friend.
      For me - this is the best movie I have ever seen !

      November 2, 2009

    • alina prygun

      23 reviews, 24 ratings, rating 7


      “My name is Rory O'Shay, Duchenne disease - muscular dystrophy, in addition to full command of the vocal apparatus, I can use two more fingers, which is enough: to control the stretcher and self-abuse! You can shake my hand, you can kiss my ass, but don't count on reciprocity!!!"

      I'll be honest, I started watching this movie because of the title, it's too beautiful -Inside I'm Dancing

      a light, aching sadness remained in me after watching

      the plot of the film is unusual, at first glance it does not have a special originality of the plot, but has an attractive feature - to combine tragedy and humor -
      it has an enchanting irony!

      the story of two young guys whose life is unthinkable without a wheelchair - two heroes, two destinies that quite by chance intertwine into one

      heroes are so overshadowed by consciousness that you almost immediately forget that they are disabled as soon as someone's mouth opens and dialogues are being conducted

      I was struck by a thought, in principle, already “processed” for a long time, but still - the human spirit chooses its own body and destiny, and apparently, the soul just needs to live this particular life, with such trials and pain, in order to find something important and what is necessary in the process of it – the soul of evolution…

      hero Rory, he is confined to a wheelchair, but does not give up, he takes everything from life, he wants to be the same as everyone else, he is offended by the fact that they do not want to arrest him from -because he is disabled, he is strong, confident no matter what
      his fate is tragic, tragedy in that internal disharmony that gives rise to constant self-flagellation, self-hatred and, as a result, hatred of people and the world
      this very hatred is hidden behind sarcasm and mockery
      he is impudent, he always amazes everyone with defiant behavior
      his mind is in dire need of a way of life that is possible only with physical completeness and he does not know how to accept himself, such as he is, and his limited abilities
      his ego clings precisely to what is inaccessible to him and stubbornly and frantically strives to possess this is such a struggle, and before our eyes. ..
      Rory gives life to Michael, Michael, looking at the "outside" world with wide-open amazed, loving eyes, he gives him life - a real one, which he himself cannot have, "thanks to" an incurable disease, and this crosses out all his "trouble" , after all, the most that can be done in life is to give another life
      I know a person like the main character Rory O'Sheri, incredible strength and a desire for life distinguish them from the gray masses of people

      at the end of the film, Rory tells Michael, that he, Michael, has a “gift” that the whole world belongs to him and Rory is right -
      this “gift” is acceptance of yourself as you are, love for yourself, as you are, and as a result, love for people and the world is the path to happiness
      “You have a future, Michael. That's what I call a gift. Do not give up. You have no right to give up'

      liked James McAvoy's performance - "I'm dancing inside" finally made me feel enthusiastic sympathy for him for his talent, of course, I don't dare to call him a genius, but he is quite uncommon, in general, the work of the actors who performed leading roles, worthy of recognition
      after all, how can you express everything with your eyes like that - for those people who have nothing else to do except their eyes, it will not be difficult, but for an actor (!!!), a simple person with two arms and whole legs, with a completely working head to convey everything emotions look

      “Is this a dance?
      - Of course! What do you think I'm doing inside?"

      November 25, 2012

    • Roman Bushuev

      4 reviews, 6 ratings, rating 5


      -Is this a dance?
      -What do you think I'm doing inside?

      "Inside I'm dancing" is one of the most impressive films in my opinion. It is impossible not to put yourself in the place of the main characters while watching. You can’t complain about your problems - they don’t count now! Rory and Michael can love, feel, have fun, walk, despite their "gift" ... Every person, no matter who he is on the outside, can make his world a better place ... And not only inside . Our heroes were able to prove it.
      Throughout the film, I was amazed: wow - not everyone can do it. Some resigned themselves to a wheelchair, others to the fact that their parents do not need them. But not Rory and Michael.
      The film is stunning from every angle. 10 out of 10. View all))

      February 8, 2009

    • Svetlana Gusarova

      1 review, 2 ratings, rating 1


      A story about the disabled, in which, surprisingly, there is no hopelessness and despair. Michael is 24 years old. He spent his whole life in a specialized "guest house" - he has cerebral palsy. Nobody understands his distorted speech, he explains himself to the nurses, poking at the letters of a special table in turn, he leads a contemplative, quiet, almost vegetable life - like everyone else there. At this time, a new patient appears in the clinic - Rory O'Shea, who is very different from all its inhabitants. A rebel with no one to consider, Rory is the only one who is able to easily understand Michael and speak with him on an equal footing, without discounts for illness. They become friends, and Rory turns a quiet haven of long-resigned and desperate people into a farce, trying to force them to live - recklessly and dangerously, but brightly.

      It is extremely rare to see a film about people with disabilities that would evoke such a desire to live.

      December 12, 2010

    • zloy gonzo

      1 review, 1 rating, rating 0


      An evil half-moron rebel appears in the orphanage for morons. This is 20-year-old Rory, a guy who can talk and move his finger. Soon he converges with the usual moron - the main character - grimacing freak Michael, stricken with cerebral palsy and stupidity. He will be mooing throughout the film - and it will be very hard to listen to, get ready.

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