Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)

Album: Single Release Only (2015)
Charted: 19 3
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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.

Comments: 1

  • Siahara Shyne Carter from United StatesI like the beat! It is very famous in the school way back 2017 lol My mate used to danced this his leg broke. Because he used to bully our limp classmate He ACCIDENTALLY Roll on STAIRS LMAO HAHAHHAAHAHAHA
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