Home » Other

Did Crank That Bully The Electric Slide?

Submitted by on November 4, 2009 – 1:54 pm12 Comments
Share

soulja_boy
Soulja Boy

During the summer of 2007 I was first introduced to Soulja Boy’s new dance sensation Crank That. I remember sitting in my house, playing the YouTube clip and then wondering how long it would take for me to perfect this dance. I played it back countless times wondering how to incorporate the snap, the jumps, and the superman gesture. This was amazing to me because it was so catchy. I even introduced the dance to my co-workers at the time. The main importance of Crank That was that everyone wanted to learn the dance no matter what age you were. But did Crank That make people forget about the Electric Slide?!

The Electric Slide, formerly known as the Electric Boogie, was a line dance song made up by Marcia Griffiths. It can be seen performed at your local get together, family party, dorm, or whatever. I don’t think I’ve seen such an easier dance done. I don’t even remember learning the dance to be honest with you. But I’m sure I saw it at one of my lovely family parties, and learned by watching. You didn’t have to be an exceptional dancer. Just check out this group of people doing the dance:

Now how great was that?! The older woman with the cane was getting busy with this dance. It’s very simple and to be quite frank with you all, I got up to dance for a little while. But let’s talk about the subject matter at hand. Did Crank That bully the Electric Slide?

The first time I brought up this argument I believed that Crank That was so far superior to the Electric Slide. In my opinion it had such a bigger international appeal and fan base than the slide. But what I failed to notice was that I was mentioning the current state of affairs. Soulja Boy’s dance was for the time being. I do not think, to my knowledge that people just bust out to Crank That in the club right now. The slide is timeless! It breaks the generation gaps. At those family parties we had grown folks getting up doing the dance with the younger kids. You will always hand that down to the younger generation. The reason Crank That cannot be timeless is because the younger generation in the future will be learning the new temporary dances out. Just look around now to see all the kids jerking in the streets. (Yikes) It doesn’t break the generational gap that the slide does time after time. Even better, the Soulja Boy’s dance can only be done to his own song. You ever catch yourself just doing the slide to an old time beat? Check out the song Candy by Cameo (Warning, you may just get up and start dancing while you play it)

What do you think? Does Crank That even hold as competition to the Electric Slide? Should I have chosen the Cha Cha Slide instead? Let me know in those comments.

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Leave a comment!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS. Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

We want to keep in touch with you. If you give us your email address, you may receive marketing emails from the DJ Networks family. We hope that's cool.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.