Last week, TMZ reported the #ToosieSlide hashtag racked up over one billion views in two days on the platform, the fastest music trend to hit that number. The single debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 where it remains for a second consecutive week — but not everyone is feeling it.
Charlamagne Tha God and his co-host Andrew Schulz discussed “Toosie Slide” during an episode of The Brilliant Idiots podcast, and The Breakfast Club personality made his stance painfully clear.
“I think it’s wack and I think it’s beneath Drake,” Charlamagne said around the 1:43:30 mark. “I think that when you’re the biggest artist in the world, when you’re the biggest rapper in the world, I don’t like to see you chasing trends. It’s like, why be a surfer when you’re a fucking wave? I just didn’t respect it.”
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Charlamagne added it felt like a gimmick to capitalize on the popularity of TikTok rather than something Drake genuinely wanted to do.
“The shit might still work but it just don’t seem organic,” he explained. “A lot of times with those TikTok dances, it’s just organic. It’s a song people like and somebody does something to it and it goes. It was like it felt too forced. Too corporate. Too industry. I just feel like Drake has built himself up into such a way that he don’t have to do that shit, man.”
Earlier this month, Charlamagne said he’d discovered the actual meaning behind the dance.
“Wow,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “This is like Contra Code for Coochie.”
Despite Charlamagne’s feelings on the song, Drake is making the best out of it. Last week, he helped the Masaka Kids Africana collective go viral by sharing their rendition of the “Toosie Slide” to his Instagram Stories. Founder of the organization Suuna Hassan told TMZ the children cried tears of joy.
Watch the clip below.
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