Op-Ed: Hit The Quan? More Like Hit The Off Button

In a world where nothing is too sacred to be exploited, in a world where there’s a trivializing and banal Buzzfeed that ruins everything, not even a fun dance move can exist without being repackaged and resent by outside parties. Of course, I’m talking about the bastardization and defilement of the “Rich Homie (Quan) Dance,” also known as the “Hit The Quan” for the uninitiated.

Rapper Rich Homie Quan (pictured in the cover photo for this piece) unveiled these moves in January, quickly starting a new trend in club dancing. Watch below:

What made this move so special was its extremely erotic nature combined with its goofy arm motions. Not to mention, it’s deceivingly difficult to pull off smoothly the first time. However, Quan’s dance was organic and oddly innocent, as if he didn’t realize how sexual it looked. It’s a dance that is purely made for goofing off on the dance floor, nothing else. It shouldn’t be organized or rigid outside of having the arm and hip motions synchronized.

Enter “Hit The Quan,” the smash-hit from rapper iHeart Memphis. This song is another generic foray into “whoa-we-got-a-badass-over-here.” It’s swag rap that needed a dance so bad to justify it’s basicness that it had to steal another established dance and ruin it. This song is a strong 14 on the litness scale, too basic to comprehend. Never mind the horrible lyrics or riding another artist’s coattails, the beat isn’t even interesting and the extra dance moves that precede the actual “Quan” dance are uninspired and drab. This is exactly why we can’t have nice things because some people just can’t leave anything alone.

Take the song “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” which is another uninspired copycat’s wet dream. Think about it: it’s basically an Elite Daily article about the top ten dances of the late 2000’s and 2010’s. That’s the song! “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” takes these dances and strips them of their character by making them part of a strict routine. Yes, the Soulja Boy is referenced in “Watch Me” and has a routine as well, but it’s very linear and easy-to-execute. Silento’s disasterpiece has about 10 different dances, way more complicated than “Crank Dat.”

The Rich Homie Dance is a beautiful occurrence on any dance floor. It’s easy, fun and allows people to let their guard down mid-song. “Hit The Quan” is a disgrace to this dance, biting the hand that fed its inception.

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