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11 Great Moments in Bounce Crossover

From Lil Jon to Beyonce to a Hugh Grant movie, these are the moments when bounce broke through to the mainstream

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Bounce music dates back to the '80s, but over the last 15 years, its presence in mainstream culture has popped up more than you'd think. Check out this list of memorable bounce crossover moments over the last two decades, proving that the all-powerful booty has a place in many spaces. 

To see what bounce music is up to in 2014, watch the Season 2 premiere of Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce on Fuse June 11 at 11/10c. Find Fuse in your area!

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MC T. Tucker & DJ Irv's "Where Dey At"

Arguably the first bounce song ever, MC T. Tucker's seminal 1991 track set off a movement—and even came with its own promotional t-shirt. Asses have been shaking like salt shakers ever since.

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Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz's "Bounce That Azz"

When bounce broke out of New Orleans and into the mainstream, it fused '90s Southern hip-hop sounds with ass-shaking rhythms, as evidenced by Lil Jon's blunt anthem "Bounce Dat Azz."

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Juvenile's Cash Money Breakout

Juvenile's second single from 1998's 400 Degreez, "Back That Thang Up" (or Azz, depending on who you ask) featured bounce producer Mannie Fresh and Lil Wayne—it was a mainstream smash that had clubs around the world, well, backing up nightly.

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Ying Yang Twins Shake Some Salt

The Ying Yang Twins put themselves on the crunk map by fusing some booty-bouncing elements into their 2003 hit "Salt Shaker." It hit No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 2 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart and remains one of their biggest hits.

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'About a Boy' Gets Mystikal

Bounce had a great crossover moment in 2002 when Mystikal's booty-shaking anthem "Shake Ya Ass" made its way into a Hugh Grant film, About a Boy, which is based off British rock nerd Nick Hornby's novel. 

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Beyonce Goes Bouncin'

You know you're having a moment when Queen Bey herself gets into the bounce game. "Get Me Bodied" from her 2006 album B'Day draws heavily from bounce traditions and features lots of commands to "drop down low" in the bridge. Her non-album single "Check On It" from that same year also referenced twerking. 

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The Bounce Exhibit

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Aubrey Edwards

In 2010, bounce music was formally institutionalized with its own exhibit called "Where They At" at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. You can still learn about the extensive history of bounce here.

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HBO's Bounce Moment

You can't have a show that focuses on post-Katrina New Orleans and not include bounce music. So David Simon did. Check out the Treme clip above to see Steve Zahn at a raucous Big Freedia show.

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The Twerk Seen Around the World

In 2013, Miley brought the bounce word "twerking" to international fame with her now-infamous VMA performance. This is the defining moment where grandmas across the globe learned a lot more than they ever wanted to about the booty. 

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Guinness Book of Twerking

Soon after Miley's twerkapalooza, a Guinness World Record was set for the largest number of people simultaneously twerking. That number? 358. Of course it was spearheaded by the Queen of Bounce, Big Freedia.

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Goin' Gaga for Bounce

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Jesse Knish

Bounce music hit the big time at this year's SXSW, when Big Freedia took her bounce-tastic show to Austin and performed after Lady Gaga's much-ballyhooed puke-performance. That the genre is sharing a venue with one of the world's biggest pop stars remains a major milestone in bounce history. 

Catch the season 2 premiere of Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce on Fuse June 11 at 11/10c. Find Fuse in your area!

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