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Unreleased Drake track leads to viral TikTok dance (updated)

Is Drake working with TikTok creators directly to get a viral dance going?

Jan 27, 2021, 12:55 am*

Internet Culture


Audra Schroeder

Drake has reportedly been in self-quarantine since coming in contact with Kevin Durant, who tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month. So he’s likely had a lot of time to reflect on the virality of TikTok dances, and now it appears he has his own. But he had some help.

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Update April 3, 8am CT: Drake released the “Toosie Slide” single, as well as an accompanying music video.

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On Sunday, Twitter user Toosie (@TheRealYvngQuan) posted a dance dubbed the Toosie Slide, accompanied by an allegedly unreleased Drake track. The dance apparently originated with Michigan dance duo Ayo & Teo, who posted it to TikTok.
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Ayo & Teo are also set to host a new Quibi dance competition show called The Sauce, and have created dances for Drake songs before. It promptly took off on TikTok.

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So how did an unreleased track end up in the mix? A tweet from someone who works at TikTok suggests that perhaps Drake released the snippet to Ayo & Teo, but didn’t confirm that to the Daily Dot. Is this a new movement of artist and dancer working together directly for TikTok virality? (Drake’s new album is also reportedly coming soon, according to LeBron James.)

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Still, people were thankful for the (simplified) distraction.
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Perhaps Drake was inspired by the recent Flip the Switch challenge, which used his song “Nonstop.” He commented on the viral Elizabeth Warren SNL clip with “Wow I need to come home.” And then he apparently did.

We’ve reached out to TikTok for comment.


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*First Published: Mar 30, 2020, 3:21 pm