Monica participates in the viral “Buss It” challenge

Cynthia BrownFans are anticipating a promising future for rising Dallas rapper Erica Banks after her successful debut single, “Buss It.” The twerk anthem was released last summer, pairing Banks’ raunchy lyrics with a sample of Nelly’s 2002 classic “Hot in Herre.

“Buss It” has become the latest dance challenge on TikTok, Instagram and other social sites. The challenge sees fans appearing with messy hair, no makeup and unkempt clothing. When the first “Buss It” drops, fans drop to the floor to twerk, with a quick cut showing them now glammed out. The challenge even caught the attention of R&B singer Monica, celebrity hairstylist Alonzo Arnold and many others. 

Arnold’s video kept to the challenge’s regular routine, while Monica’s video received an appearance from her 12-year-old son, Romelo, who said, “Buss what? You somebody mom, you ain’t bussing nothing.” That garnered lots of hilarious reactions from fans, including Jermaine Dupri, who shared Monica’s video on his Instagram.

Banks is the newest signee to Warner Records through a partnership with Carl Crawford’s 1501 Certified Entertainment, the former label of Megan The Stallion. Last year, the fellow Texas rapper filed a negligence lawsuit against the label seeking $1 million in damages and termination of her contract.

Even with a co-sign from Megan’s “Hot Girl Summer” partner, Nicki Minaj, fans still criticized Banks’ freestyles, and some accused her of copying Megan’s rap style. Some fans went even further comparing the similarities in the cover of Bank’s self-titled debut to Megan’s 2018 project, Tina Snow.

By Rachel George
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