TikToker Drew Jeezy Talks ‘Just Wanna Rock’ Dance On Video

If you’ve seen Lil Uzi Vert’s “Just Wanna Rock” video that came out last month, there’s no denying how contagious the dance in the foreground is. Prior to the video’s release, the song was taking on a life of its own, largely due to a viral dance craze created by TikToker Drew Jeezy.

Before being asked by Uzi to appear in the video, Jeezy was already making a name for himself on social media. The 17-year-old, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, uploaded his first TikTok video in January 2017. Currently, he has over 600,000 followers and 28 million likes on the platform. In addition to dance videos, her content covering skincare, hairstyles, and dating has also gone viral.

While Jeezy’s “Just Wanna Rock” dance challenge was already exploding on TikTok after he uploaded the demo video in September, he was still shocked when Uzi reached out to him on social media. The dancer recalled the Philadelphia native casually asking him to be part of the project. “There’s no way it’s actually [happening]“, thought Jeezy after receiving the message from the rapper.

However, he has been actually happens. After exchanging information, Jeezy flew to New York for four days and stayed on set for at least 10 straight hours. He described the video made by Gibson Hazard as a crazy experience, saying he was meant to be there. During an exclusive interview with Complex, the viral TikToker opened up about how he bonded with Uzi, the process of creating the viral dance, other celebrities also doing the dance, and more.

Do you remember the first time you heard “Just Wanna Rock”? Did you immediately want to choreograph it?
Yes, I was actually at work. I am a lifeguard in a leisure center[reational] center. I was on break. I was browsing TikTok and just heard the song. I was like, ‘If I challenge this, I know it’s going to explode.’ But, I didn’t think it was going to explode to the point where it is now. I just thought it was going to go viral and whatever.

What was the initial reaction to your dance video?
I’d say it took a good six hours [for the dance challenge to blow up], then I started seeing people interacting with the first of my few videos. I just kept pushing it where more people would see it.

Describe how you bonded with Uzi. How was it working with him?
I was at work talking to my friends in the break room. I was like, ‘What if Uzi just hit me out of nowhere?’ I went back to doing my job, and I’m watching on TikTok. Uzi was on his second account, and he texted me, ‘What’s your number so I can put you in this clip?’ I was like, ‘There’s no way it’s really him.’

We’re flying to New York for four days and we were probably on set for about 10 hours. It has been a long time. But, I enjoyed every minute. It was a crazy experience in New York. The moment I arrived on set, I felt like I was meant to be there.

Working with Uzi is a cool guy. He came up to me and said, ‘What’s up, Drew?’ And I was like, ‘He really knows who I am.’ It’s just a crazy experience.

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Have you always been influenced by Uzi’s music? Is this the first time that you choreograph on one of his songs?
Yeah. It’s actually my first choreography. I [started dancing on] Music.ly. That’s where I started dancing, just for fun. I always do it for fun. But, I take it more seriously now.

Apart from Uzi, I see almost everyone trying their hand at dancing, even Kevin Hart. How does it feel to see other celebrities trying their hand at your moves too?
It’s kind of crazy that people at this level see my dances and see who I am. It’s just a crazy experience.

Do you feel the pressure to create the next viral dance knowing how big “Just Wanna Rock” has become?
Yeah, sometimes. But at the same time, I always do what makes me happy, and people like to see me happy too. I just keep going with my dances and make sure they’re catchy.

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