The Running Man Challenge has been sweeping the nation for about a month now and its showing no signs of slowing down. Just last week, the creators of the dance, two high school students from New Jersey (Kevin Vincent, Jeremiah Hall) and the University of Maryland basketball players (Jared Nickens, Jaylen Brantley) who ushered the fancy footwork into phenomenon with a series of Vine videos, visited The Ellen Show to discuss how it all began.
As is the case with most 90s throwback jams, the 1995 Ghost Town DJ’s hit “My Boo” randomly found its way to the teens’ playlist and they decided to interrupt their regularly scheduled finance class with a little fun. That was back in January but Nickens and Brantley revived it after seeing their video months later and with their reach (both became a part of the Sweet Sixteen in March), the dance spread like wild fire and now we’re all taking turns accepting the challenge.
But as we’re adding improv hand movements and such, one can’t help but wonder: how do the Ghost Town DJs feel about their record finding its way back to the Billboard charts after all these years, doing better than it did two decades ago?
“I was at home, and a DJ friend of mine out of Chicago, DJ T-Storm, he called me and was like, ‘Have you seen this?’ And I was like, ‘No?!’ I looked it up, saw it, and all of a sudden, in not even a 24-hour span, I started seeing it all over social media. I was like, wow!,” Virgo Williams, the vocalist on the track, told MTV News. It was very exciting. I was happy. This is cool, to see people taking this song — especially a younger generation — and loving it, and having as much fun with it as we did.”
DJ Demp received an email from TMZ before he had seen any of the videos. “That was my first time hearing of it. So I went and started checking it out, and I was like, wow. I didn’t understand what was about to happen, because that was still the early stages of it,” he said.
When asked if they had a favorite, they both agreed on the one with the grandmother and her grandkids.
Do you have a favorite #RunningManChallenge video?