Earlier today popular hip-hop artist Chancelor Jonathon Bennett, better known as his stage name, Chance the Rapper, spoke out on Fortnite’s use of rap culture dance moves in the game’s “emotes”.
Bennett wants game developer Epic Games to give a portion of the profit to those who popularized the dance moves, which are for sale in Fortnite’s online shop for real money.
In a tweet, Bennett stated that “Fortnite should put the actual rap songs behind the dances that make so much money as Emotes. Black creatives created and popularized these dances but never monetized them. Imagine the money people are spending on these Emotes being shared with the artists that made them.”
Bennett went on to say that he would also like to see Epic use the actual songs that go with the dances, instead of the generic tunes currently in use.
“I would love to be able to buy Hype and also be purchasing Look Alive or buy “Swipe” and be buying it from both @FortniteGame and 2Milly,” said Bennett.
‘Hype’ and ‘Swipe’ are both emotes in Fortnite’s client, but are better known as the ‘Shoot Dance’ and the ‘Milly Rock’ to those familiar with hip-hop.
The ‘Shoot Dance’ creator, Blocboy JB, responded to Bennett’s posts by stating, “What You Said We Need That Cash,” and tagged Fortnite’s Twitter account.
These tweets have generated buzz throughout the hip-hop community, garnering over 71,000 favorites and 15,000 retweets in just a few hours.
Other dances that have been used as Fortnite emotes available for purchase include:
- Zany – Dame Tu Cosita Dance
- Dip – The Yeet Dance
- Boneless – Conor McGregor’s No Bones Dance
- Orange Justice – Orange Shirt Kid’s Dance
- Groove Jam – Napoleon Dynamite’s Dance
- Default Dance – Turk’s Scrubs Dance
- Electro Shuffle – Bad and Boujee Shuffleshapes
- The Robot – Gong Bao’s Dance
- Wiggle – BrokyBrawks’ Dance
- Tidy – Snoop Dogg’s Dance
- Floss – Backpack Kid’s Dance
- Fresh – The Carlton Dance
- Ride the Pony – Gangnam Style Dance
- Make it Rain – Fat Joe and Lil Wayne’s Make it Rain Dance
- Brush Your Shoulders – Jay-Z’s Dirt Off Your Shoulders Dance
Should Epic Games and Fortnite include the real music for each dance? Should they have to pay each artist because of the monetization of each person’s creative expressions? Let us know what you think in the comments below.