So for whatever reason these new dances keep on coming out. the boy Royal is a westcoaster stuck in the midwest until the college gig is over, with that said I need to comment on this Jerkin phase that’s taking over. Actually I’m not going to write shit but just give credit to the LA Times for dropping a post to let you fools know why we keep posting videos…
“You’re a Jerk” is a simple but appealing concoction. There’s little to it besides a methodically pacing keyboard line, twitching electronic drums, some serious bass and a couple of 17-year-old rappers who deliver their lyrics in a manner that borders on blasé. Yet the song has become the best bet to bring national attention to jerk music and the dance style associated with this L.A.-born sound.
As a dance, jerkin’ is bouncy and loose-limbed. Moves like dips and pin drops revolve around nimble lower-body work. The reject, the staple jerkin’ move, can be best compared to doing the running man, a late-1980s dance-floor classic, in reverse. Of course each dancer has his individualized way of jerkin’—some more acrobatic, aggressive or suggestive than others…
Jerk culture has been spreading around Los Angeles’ high schools and all-ages clubs for more than two years, but it’s because of “You’re a Jerk” that the music industry started paying attention. “You’re a Jerk” isn’t the first jerk song, but it was the first to get play on L.A.‘s urban radio stations, the first to break through in non-local markets from Phoenix to Birmingham, Ala., and the first to signal to other jerk music artists that fame really can extend beyond MySpace and house parties.
And these cats constantly call each other out on youtube. Since I got caught up in boredom and payed attention to them, I would honestly have to say that the Diamond Set is the best at it. Think im bullshitting? Soon as you find yourself doing nothing online type jerkin (II) into the search on youtube and judge for yourself. Shout to Diamond Set…Wonder how long it’ll be before this takes off in the midwest? I know we love being about 5 months – 1 year behind everything so we shall see. One things for sure, I know i’ll be substitute teaching and see cats in the parking lot battling and walk up to see whats happening…Soon as that happens i’ll bust out the reject in chinos and a tie…then post it on here in a year as proof.
Aye, you never know…you might walk out of European Literature 385 and see this on campus sometime in the near future… I’m interested to see where this dance goes.