Chicken Noodle Soup (song)

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"Chicken Noodle Soup"
Single by DJ Webstar & Young B. featuring The Voice of Harlem
from the album Webstar Presents: Caught in the Web
Released September 12, 2006[1]
Format CD single, Digital download
Recorded 2006
Genre Hip-hop, rap, children's music
Length 3:21
Label Scilla Hill, Universal Republic
Writer(s) Young B
Producer(s) Da Drizzle
DJ Webstar chronology
"Chicken Noodle Soup" "Uptown Harlem"
(2008)
Young B. singles chronology
- "Chicken Noodle Soup"
(2006)
"It Takes Two"
(2008)
The Voice of Harlem singles chronology
- "Chicken Noodle Soup"
(2006)

"Chicken Noodle Soup" is a song by producer Da Drizzle from DJ Webstar's album Webstar Presents: Caught in the Web (2006). It features rappers Young B. and The Voice of Harlem. The song also has an associated dance.

Song background[edit]

The song is characterized by a bass/club beat accompanied by an air raid siren, and Young B's vocals who performs most of the song, mainly delivering non sequitur such as ("Let it rain, now clear it out" and "chicken noodle soup with a soda on the side").

The remix features rapper Trina with DJ Webstar, Young B., and Voice of Harlem as well as Rihanna.

Accompanying dance[edit]

"Chicken Noodle Soup" also has an accompanying dance. Originating in Harlem, the dance has been embraced as a new symbol of the local scene that distinguishes New York from other regions whose urban musical subgenres have captured national attention in recent years. Awareness of the dance spread during 2006 thanks to websites such as YouTube, which hosted numerous videos of people dancing the "Chicken Noodle Soup" dance. Blogs that linked to these videos helped turn this dance into an internet phenomenon.

The basic dance features exaggerated shuffling, arm swinging, and a pantomime of the song's lyrics. Detractors have derided "Chicken Noodle Soup" as irritating and corny. Some even claim the dance is racist, as its motions bear some resemblance[clarification needed] to those commonly performed in minstrel shows. The Chicken Noodle Soup is a development from other New York-based street dances like the popular "Toe Wop" and the "Harlem shake".

On the December 16, 2006 episode of Saturday Night Live, Justin Timberlake performed the dance in drag, accompanied by Kenan Thompson (also in drag).

The dance has also inspired many new dancers to express themselves in way such that it is commonly performed in teen clubs, parties and high school affairs in New York. Some suggest this dance phenomenon has evolved to mimic movements similar to those done in voguing.

Covers[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 45
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[3] 30
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[4] 15

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