Feeling the creep of existential dread about the fate of the free world today? Or maybe you just want to watch some choreographed dance routines?
Either way, Chance The Rapper has got you covered.
Lil Chano posted a clip to Twitter on the eve of President Donald Trump’s inauguration where he and his boys (including Ventura-based rapper Kyle) got down to the groove of Sounds Of Blackness’ 1991 hit, “Optimistic.”
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) January 20, 2017
The group responded to the post on Twitter, with predictable positivity.
— Sounds of Blackness (@SoundsBlackness) January 20, 2017
The soon-to-be-everywhere challenge seems to have started with a post from YouTube/social media personality Jay Versace, who welcomed in 2017 with some unfettered joy.
2017 GOT ME FEELING LIKE ?? pic.twitter.com/kWjQFjM0wD
— JAY VERSACE (@tharealversace) January 13, 2017
After Versace’s post took off, others running-man’d their way into the action.
Mom: What do you even do in school
— IamTristan (@Tristvn__) January 17, 2017
Now that Chance The
Rapper Dancer has brought even more attention to the phenomenon, it seems like people have started recruiting to get their own dance troupe together.
— Caleb Elliott (@Caleb_IsArt) January 20, 2017
It wouldn’t be the first time Chance inspired a viral sensation — his “So Gone” challenge from August has almost 260,000 retweets and inspired hundreds of imitators.
In recent weeks, viral campaigns have helped launch two rap songs to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” making moves after everyone else stopped to do the #MannequinChallenge and Migos’ “Bad and Boujee” soaring after Rain Drop, Drop Top memes started popping up all over.
Could this be the big comeback “Optimistic” has been waiting on for more than 25 years?
Check out what people are saying about the #OptimisticChallenge on Twitter below.
This #optimisticchallenge is so needed as we enter the final hour before the apocalypse smh
— ❤Mina_Mosley❤ (@DSTBlaze) January 20, 2017
— Sharese (@reseerese) January 20, 2017
— Mia (@perfectlyMia) January 20, 2017
"As long as you keep your head to the sky" #OptimisticChallenge for the next 4 years
— Mimi Johnson (@KissMy_Spikes) January 20, 2017