All summer long, people have been doing the Git Up challenge, dancing along to Blanco Brown’s hit song and imitating the dance he created for the now viral “The Git Up” music video. But how did that song come together in the first place? Blanco Brown recently sat down with Billboard to explain how he created the Hot Country Songs chart-topping track, as part of the “How It Went Down” video series.
Brown tells Billboard that one day, a friend brought him a lap steel guitar, which Brown had never played before. When he played the first note, it sounded “horrible,” so he re-tuned it like he would with any of his other guitars and came up with a chord and a loop. Then, he added some beatboxing, snares, hi-hats, kicks, 808s, spoons, and anything else he could find in the room that “made a nice, dope sound.”
As Brown wrote the record, he knew what he wanted the dance steps to look like and was singing the song along with it to make sure that they matched. “I danced from beginning to end, I almost passed out,” he recalls.