I’ve recently had to explain what #dabbin’ is about six times over the past two weeks. Since it’s making its rounds in social media with memes, Vines, and clips from television news broadcasts, there was an obligation to help a few people to get it straight and understand the recent dance phenomenon. The questions started pouring in back at the end of 2015, after numerous NFL players (like Cam Newton, who has the cleanest dab immortalized in a picture) began incorporating dabs into their victory dances.
#JayZ even hit the dab during his performance of “F**kWithMeYouKnowIGotIt” at the Tidal 10/20 concert in Brooklyn, which sent social media into a frenzy and potentially raised more curiosity over the move.
The dance has gone viral, and there seems to be confusion over when it started, where it started, and when it’s appropriate to dab. Do yourself a favor and start 2016 with a clear understanding. I’m sure hip hop will give us a new dance to learn in a few months anyway.