What is the Nae Nae?
Where did the dance come from?
Why is it called the Nae Nae?
The dance is loosely inspired by Sheneneh Jenkins, the female character played by Martin Lawrence on his ‘90s sitcom, Martin. "It’s really just based on a ratchet girl in the club dancing kind of funny and the best girl to describe it is Sheneneh from Martin," WeAreToonz member CalLamar explained in January.
So, is this Soulja Boy for the Vine era?
Yes. The Nae Nae joins a short history of regional rap songs that have seeped into mainstream consciousness on the wings of an easy-to-learn dance move. When people shout "huuuahh" before raising their arm for a Nae Nae, it sounds a lot like when people yelled "yooouuu" before dancing to Soulja Boy’s 2007 song “Crank That (Soulja Boy),” an early YouTube hit. (It's racked up 152 million views over time.) More recently, Michelle Obama was seen doing the Dougie, a dance that started with Cali Swag District’s 2010 song "Teach Me How to Dougie," California's yiking craze helped Sage The Gemini's "Red Nose" go gold, and Steve Harvey has tried to learn the Dlow shuffle, a dance first popularized in Chicago by Dlow and Lil Kemo.