Do you remember where you were when you first “got jiggy wit it?” Yep, I’m referring to the old Will Smith song from the late 90’s that had us all trying to dance along.
Even years after “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” was released, people were still busting a move anytime they heard it. Just like 16-month-old Barnold in the video below.
When kids are little, oftentimes they’ll go along with the music their parents play. However, once they get older…that’s a completely different story.
Apparently, baby Barnold’s mom liked her Will Smith. Maybe she was a big fan back in the day, or perhaps the song just randomly popped up – but either way, it was playing in their living room more than a decade later.
Barnold’s mom decided to record her son doing what babies do best – having fun scooting around! She wrote on YouTube that, “He likes to empty everything out of his diaper bag…” So naturally, that’s what he was up to.
He can be seen throwing some diapers around before heading back to close the closet door. Then Barnold gets a little distracted… After all, mom’s blasting “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.”
Will Smith’s face can be seen on their huge TV screen. Unfortunately, she’s only playing the music and not the video.
Back to Barnold. He stops in front of the TV and starts to dance to the 90’s classic. The baby gets his arms going and bounces up and down to the beat.
When it reaches one of the many parts of the song that goes, “Na na na na nana,” Barnold makes sounds that seem to mimic it. Okay, this totally must be on his mom’s playlist.
The woman laughs watching her son “gettin’ jiggy wit it.” It’s obvious he just can’t help himself (I hear ya, kid). She also added in the video’s description that “he’s always dancing.”
According to Live Science, researchers believe that infants are born with the natural ability to dance. They conducted a study on 120 babies (between five months and two years) and reported their findings. University of York psychologist, Marcel Zentner, said:
“Our research suggests that it is the beat rather than other features of the music, such as the melody, that produces the response in infants. We also found that the better the children were able to synchronize their movements with the music, the more they smiled.”
When it comes to “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It,” it’s actually not surprising that some people still enjoy the song. The track won Will Smith a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance in 1999. Plus, it spent several weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart ranked at the top.
Song Facts explains on their site,
“‘Jiggy’ is a term meaning to be cool and trendy. It’s often associated with a style of dress, and in the context of this song means dancing effectively and also making a name for yourself.”
Interestingly enough, little Barnold’s “jiggy” really did help him make a name for himself too. Since the video of his awesome dance was posted online – it’s been watched more than 2.2 million times.
Good thing mom picked up the camera to capture Barnold’s dance. If you need your spirits lifted, be sure to press play below.
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