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The hashtag has several interpretations on TikTok, but many of them seem to stem from a dance trend called the Woah, often soundtracked by some version of “Hit My Woah” by A-1 Steak Sauce or Elijah Who’s “Skateboard P,” though it appears users might be making their own songs too.
Last fall, The Fader tried to break down the dance’s Texas origins, from Dallas and Houston rap circles to Prairie View A&M tutorials, as well as the rappers who elevated the Woah to a bigger audience, like Lil Uzi Vert and Drake, the latter of which got dragged for his attempt.
There’s an improvisational, freestyle aspect to the Woah, and that definitely translates on TikTok. Teachers have infiltrated the trend:
There’s the daily routine Woah:
User julianfulian’s “Woahh” is soundtracking another iteration:
The Woah Challenge became popular on TikTok’s predecessor, Musical.ly, when it was more about the actual dance. But it quickly crossed over to TikTok last fall and was built upon. Now #hitthewoah means young men with birds in their hair.
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.