What is the dab? The history and meaning of the popular dance and memes


Hello Internet and welcome to Behind The Meme; where we take a look at the meaning and the origin of your favorite memes. Today we have a look at… The Dab. So many viewers requested this topic. So many that it would be impossible to show all the comments. But regardless, thank you all for the suggestion. You wanted it, now you have it. Let’s do
it. When I first saw all the requests for the dab in my comment sections, I was a
bit confused because I didn’t think the dab would be considered a meme but after
some research I discovered I was very wrong. The dab is a style of hip hop
dance that is executed when an individual drops their head in to the
inside of the elbow of one arm while raising the opposite arm into the air.
It’s kind of hard to explain the dance but a way a lot of people seem to
describe it is a gesture that is similar to a polite attempt at muffling a sneeze.
Although the original inventor of the dance is largely disputed, what is agreed
on is that it originated from the Atlanta hip hop music scene sometime in
2013. To add further confusion to the origin of the dab, the creation of the
name itself is disputed and unknown. Many have believed it was named after the
practice of dabbing in marijuana culture. This use of dabbing refers to
the consumption of highly concentrated THC, which is the compound within weed
that makes people high. Which itself has spawned a whole group of humorous memes.
The claim that the name of the dab originated from marijuana culture was
most famously made by American rapper Bow Wow. “The whole world dabin’ and they don’t even understand or even know what dab is. First of all dab is a strong
way to smoke marijuana, right, it’s the purest form of marijuana it’s extremely
strong, so the dance comes from when you smoke and you coughing the first thing
you do is: [Mimes coughing]” The video received heavy backlash from people within the hip-hop
community after he posted it on his Facebook, many of them disputing his
claims, but regardless of who created the dance or why it’s named the dab, it began
to spread beyond the hip-hop scene of Atlanta during 2015 when local rappers
started to reference the dab in their music videos most notably the song
licking my dab by rap group me goes look at my dog look at my dog look at my
dog at this point the dad began to reach a bigger audience but it was nowhere
near the levels they would soon reach during 2015 the dab was featured on
various YouTube tutorial videos that taught people how to execute the popular
dance which all received large amounts of views helping spread its popularity
eventually various media outlets started to pick up on the craze and publish
articles on the topic but the popularity of the dance would reach its highest
level when it was adopted by celebrities most notably Carolina Panthers starting
quarterback Cam Newton who had a breakout year in the NFL and would
celebrate every touchdown he scored with the dab with all the widespread
attention the dance received it was safe to say it had officially crossed into
the mainstream everybody and their mother and sometimes even grandmother
were partaking in the dance craze which brings us to its use as a meme with it
being so popular and such an easy thing to execute many begin to participate and
share themselves doing so online (Beats damn hey..Beats dab…) It quickly became
a humorous joke to see those you typically wouldn’t associate with the
hip hop dance doing so so there we have it the dab has gone from the underground
atlanta hip hop scene to the farthest corners of the world and eventually
became a meme that people enjoy sharing all in the course of a few years it’s
pretty impressive but hey that’s the internet for you and
on the internet memes are king thank you all so very much for watching make sure
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I’ll catch you guys next time And like this And you do the dab and then this is bet you can sign a bill
and you Dab I want to kill myself yeah me too DAB

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