Data News Staff Edited Report
Videos of parents dancing with their children to a remixed version of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” have flooded social media, thanks to a popular Children’s Educational YouTube Series started by a Black family. The song, now a viral sensation, has also become an entertaining and fun dancing experience for both children and adults.
The “Row Row Row Your Boat Remix” featuring Big Freedia comes from the Animated Children’s YouTube Channel Gracie’s Corner. Since the song’s release last month, it has garnered over 6 million views on YouTube and 2 million views on TikTok, with parents dancing with their children to the catchy melody.
A typical song on Gracie’s Corner, starring 10-year-old Graceyn, combines educational songs or nursery rhymes with modern beats from multiple genres, including hip-hop and Afrobeats, displayed in the channel’s “ABC Song.” In the videos, Gracie, a Black girl with natural hair, often sings with members of her family and her friends of different races.
In this remix, though, Gracie is accompanied by Big Freedia, known as the Queen of Bounce Music, a unique style of hip-hop from New Orleans. She adds her signature elements to this viral hit, with fast tempo beats and lines like “You better row!”
Big Freedia collaborated with Gracie’s Corner because of her inclination to “do anything for the kids,” she said. It’s also meaningful, she added, because bounce music is “part of our culture” and empowers people to express themselves “musically and on the dance floor.”
“It’s just important for me to be a part of it because it helps to keep on pushing the culture and pushing to make our kids know what’s going on and what’s happening out there in the world,” Big Freedia said. “And you know, what’s better than nursery rhymes to get the kids’ attention?”