The Nae Nae: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

The Nae Nae is the latest dance craze to catch fire in clubs and on the Internet.

March Madness took it to the courts on March 21, 2014, when, after Mercer’s huge upset against Duke, Mercer’s Kevin Canevari used it as a victory dance.

Here’s what you should know about the phenomenon and its origins.


1. This Is How You Do It

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According to the radio station 93.9, “the dance includes a simple four count and the rest is freestyle.”

The Boom Box described it like this:

It’s a slight variation of the two-step except you throw your hands in the air. Or as one member described it, “It’s jigging on a beat.”

Watch the video above for a comprehensive tutorial, courtesy of MarQuis Trill.


2. The Group We Are Toonz Started It

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Atlanta-based music group We Are Toonz created the craze with the song “Drop That NaeNae.”

The group consists of Calvin Lamar Glass, Jalen Ware, Kavin Bing-Gardner, Christopher Major and Tavin Bing-Gardner.

CalLamar told Billboard:

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.

The group used Vine, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube to debut it to kids.

“That’s what the kids and the teens are actually on, they’re active on those websites,” CalLamar told Billboard.

The video for the song debuted on December 5, and already has over 4 million views.


3. It’s Based on a Character in ‘Martin’

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According to Billboard, “the dance is loosely based on Martin Lawrence’s Sheneneh Jenkins character from his ’90s sitcom Martin.”

We Are Toonz told Vlad TV how it came about. They were warming up for one of their shows, trying to think up a funny skit. One of the members thought that the dance could be a hit, so they made the video. The rest is history.


4. Dwight Howard’s Doing It

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The Houston Rockets’ center loved the dance so much that he and his teammate, Isiah Canann, starred in a video with We Are Toonz.

First Howard posted videos online of himself doing the Nae Nae. He then contacted the group, and they met in Atlanta to record the video.

The group’s K.B. told Billboard:

When we met Dwight Howard, it was crazy, like, We was with him! And to be honest, it didn’t hit me till after he left ‘cause he’s like a big kid. He’s so fun, a lot of fun to be around.


5. J-Lo Has it in Her New Hit Video

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In the above video for “I Luh Ya Papi,” Jennifer Lopez joins in on the craze.