On Friday Sept. 27, 2019 BTS’s J-Hope and Becky G collaborated and brought us back to the early 2000s.
In the era of the dance craze, artist, the Voice of Harlem and producer DJ Webstar created Chicken Noodle Soup. This dance, along side Soulja Boy and countless others, could be labeled as a nationwide hit especially among most Black peoples. What no one saw was the international effect it had as well.
Upon the songs release, it hit No.1 in almost every country where there is a BTS fan base, giving the music video over 1 million hits in its first hours. Both artists, J-Hope and Becky G credited the original song as being influential to them in their childhood. Furthering that gratitude of the song, the artists paid Bianca Bonnie a sum of $2.7 million USD, original artist of the song in 2006, emphasized their own roots, gave credit and the fan base created a hashtag on twitter for the inspiration of the remake, #ThankYouBianca.
Bianca, herself, noted on her Instagram story, ” The remake really is dope to me. ‘Chicken Noodle Soup’ been out almost 15 years now. And it’s really really dope to me that, you know, that this new generation can even still tap into it so I think it’s amazing.”
The fans were split due to controversy of cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation. Even with the divide, there is no doubt that J-Hope and Becky G did not bridge the gap between the two generations and three separate cultures (Korean, Mexican, and American) with the cover of the song and the diversity of the dancers.
Feeling nostalgic? Watch the video here and the original 2006 here