We've all seen them floating around in a sea of comments on Facebook or might know them personally, people who hate on Hiphop music videos with dancing in it, or any other genre where dancing is involved. Some of these artist make music for their own people and just blow up on the internet without asking while others are labeled as one-time-wonder-hit-musicians, but let's face it they set positive trends and bring people together, the corniness of the dance move shouldn't even matter. It's like everybody is trying to act hard or cool. Dancing doesn't make an artist appear softer or dumber, it shows how excited they are about the music you and them are listening to. Missy Elliot said something similar on her Under Construction album that I entirely agree with, she mentioned a couple of Hiphop-pioneers that used to dance in the streets whenever they were listening to new music. Big daddy kane, RUN DMC, Public enemy, Rakim, these and many more prolific musicians weren't afraid to get their groove on. Back in the days (Wish I could witness the golden era of Hiphop, I really do, probably one of my biggest time-traveling fantasies) but yo, even thugs used to do modest dances in the clubs and rocked gloves that matched their flashy jackets, as if they were Michael Jackson (according to Missy Elliot). I really don't think she completely made that up, maybe she exaggerated a bit, but she was trying to make a point that did make lot of sense. I've seen it with my own eyes, Redman and Method man are two MC's that deliver the most grungy and nutty lyrics; You sure wouldn't label them as soft or jolly, even when they started stepping to the rhythm of the music like they were on soul train during their vigorous performance at the WOO HAH festival in Tilburg, the dancing made their performance at least 25% more enjoyable and they sure didn't lose any credibility for it. And yes, I do understand that it looks ridiculous to do the stanky leg to a grimy song like Mobb Deeps Shook ones II, but don't tell me some of these old-school breakbeats don't wanna make you move something B.
Their seems to be an angry group of people who spends their days writing negative comments on dance videos. What's their point? It's a free Internet, but why would you spend your time on hate-comments? If you don't like it, cool, dislike it, close the tab, click another link or have a quick nap, whatever. We all have our own taste of music. I love it when musician add a dance to their song, adds more character. It almost seems like dancing in music videos is dying or being neglected by the major record labels. Missy Elliot was the Queens of this whole thing, that's for sure but you had a lot of other artists that added a dance to their music. You had, DJ UNK - Walk it out, MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This, Soulja boy - Crank that, Cali swag district - Teach me how to Dougie, Rej3ctz - Cat Daddy, Drop That NaeNae - WeAreToonz, 69 boyz - Tootsee Roll, Digital Underground- The Humpty Dance and many more dances that made the internetz go nuts. Some people even managed to create world-renowned dances with noting more than a phone and a Vine account, for example lil Terio. Everybody was Ooh Killin' it after they seen the video with the little guy getting' it in. Same thing applies to that new Yeet dance, It's hilarious. People shouldn't take it so serious. You don't have to be blindly obedient and do what the mass does, but don't act like dancing is a taboo. I've seen comments from people who label dancing musicians as foolish individuals or people who would actually beat their child as soon as they would start yelling HUAAAAAA and hit that Naenae-dance. It's never okay to beat a child (for no reason), but to me it's just extra weird to hit a kid over getting excited and dancing to a song that you as a parent might consider dumb or ridiculous. I think that we're all forgetting how impressionable Kids are. Would you rather see your teenage daughter/sister/niece twerking for attention because all the "bad bitches" on Tv and the internet do it? would you rather see your son/brother/nephew act like an aggressive animal with a predilection for firearms because the coolest rappers do it too? Would you? These are just random examples and it doesn't apply to every kid, but these things do actually happen.
My point is, dancing shouldn't be seen as a negative factor for the music we are listening to. Even if the music isn't even that good. Not everyone is or wants to be lyrical, and yeah, some of them only do it for the fame or money but it doesn't encourage kids to fight or steal, so I don't see whats wrong with it. Let the people who do like these songs do their thing, their body movements won't make you sweat, so don't hate or front on people who do like to dance. One.