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Chicago Dancer Lil’ Kemo Talks History of ‘Boppin’



Chicago teen Lil’ Kemo’s popularity is growing due to his talented dancing skills. Known for his superb “Boppin” skills, Lil’ Kemo has lent his talent in a slew of music videos.

Lil’ Kemo revealed in a recent interview he was immediately drawn to the “Bop” dance.

“Bopping is a Chicago dance,” he said. “It started back in the late 50s and 60s. It was a dance I seen out west. It was raw as hell to me. I really liked the dance.”

The “Bop” has undergone many transformations throughout several generations. Originally performed in the late 50s and early 60s, the “Bop” was a smooth, calm dance of striding, gliding, dipping and dabbing, according to steppersexpress.com.

Lil’ Kemo described “Boppin” as a unique culture for Chicago.

“It’s really a culture and many don’t know that. It’s a thing that can keep going,” he said.

In today’s generation amongst a younger, hip demographic, the “Bop” now is performed to Hip Hop music. It incorporates a “bounce” with slick footwork and various body movements.
Boppin, Lil’ Kemo said, has a meaning to it.

“If you have haters out here, Bop harder, dance harder,” he said. “Just go hard, turn up. Every time you think about that song that come on and you start Boppin, you just block everybody out and Bop on all your haters.”

Check out Lil’ Kemo’s interview below.


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  • ChiRaq West Side

    Keep hustling lil homie, your time is coming

  • Anonymous

    S/O to my nigga Kemo

    • U Dont Even Kno Him Doe So….. Salt!!!!

  • Naja

    I luv Kemo. I’m still tryna learn da Kemo walk lolz

  • Chi Hi Da Prince

    Dat dance boutta put da Chi on da map

  • Nikee

    Dat dance booty

    • 0ff da sh!tz

      fucc u nicca

  • All Gold Everything

    Good shit Kemo. I fuck with yhu da long way homie

  • Sin City

    Kemo putting da Chi on da map

  • bree

    he was goin off in dat dance lol

  • Anonymous

    S/O my nigga Kemo

  • pretti yung thing

    dis dat boi frum da king lewi video 🙂

  • Howard is the real HU #believedat

    much success to this young man

  • SoFarGone

    so what is this boppin mess?

    • MsMeika

      i was thinkin the same thing i guess they dropped the diddy bop and replaced it with boppin

  • tommy pickles

    ya gurl on ma dick. das what it is

  • Anonymous

    kemo azz stay in the homepage slider salute doe manigga

  • TheRealZimmerman

    fuck this nigger and his dance

    • Hillary

      y r u on this thread. just leave

  • I want to learn how to bop I do not good at it.

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