With Blanco Brown’s ‘The Git Up Challenge,’ 2019 Is Truly the Summer of the Yee-Haw Agenda

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Where TikTok goes, so do the Billboard charts.

This was true of “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X’s ubiquitous smash, which has been sitting pretty atop Billboard’s Hot 100 for the past 10 weeks. And it may soon be true of Blanco Brown’s “The Git Up,” another impossibly catchy country tune that has quickly been gaining traction on the social media platform—and on streaming apps.


Fueling the song’s popularity is the “The Git Up Challenge,” (the song, after all, is a line-dance ditty) which has featured people from all over the world concocting new dance variations to Brown’s original moves.

Brown, who has previously produced for Chris Brown and Pitbull, released “The Git Up” on his Soundcloud account in April, accompanying it with a video of himself performing a no-frills line dance to his Instagram page.

You know, just the type of shit one does in one’s foyer before heading out.

Well, those little moves set off the #GitUpChallenge. Though you can find challenge contributions across social media, they’re especially prevalent on TikTok, where USA Today reports the song soundtracked over 130,000 videos.

Brown has posted many of the subsequent contributions on his Instagram page, which has become a veritable sea of jerking hips and kickball changes—and lots of adorable kids:


That one dancing Fox anchor even hit the #GitUpChallenge. Personally, he kinda freaks me out, but a lot of people seem to love him, so here he goes:


A U.K. teen, Harvey Bass, uploaded one of the most widely-watched TikTok videos of the dance under the caption “I got suspended for this,” reports Paper Mag. Steep price to pay for your art, Harvey, but nice moves!

Brown dubs this not-new, but certainly now-poppin’ intersection of country and hip-hop “trailer trap.” And according to Noisey, the sheer popularity of the song on social media has propelled it to more than three million streams on Spotify as of last week—without any support from radio.


As one might expect, Brown is loving how folks around the world are coming together under the trailer-trap banner. The musician, who lists Johnny Cash and Outkast as his musical influences, told USA Today, “There ain’t nothin’ like a good ol’ line dance. It’s one of those things you can do anywhere and it brings people together for three minutes of good times and no worries.”

Staff writer, The Root.



When you finally have a voice, you can then add to the conversation and eventually control the narrative. I’m down for taking what it means to be “country” back.