17-year-old Lavaado finds viral success with “Switch It Up”

Lavaado, a 17-year-old dancer and rapper from Atlanta, follows in the footsteps of Soulja Boy, Silentó and iHeartMemphis, going viral with his song “Switch It Up” and its #SwitchItUpChallenge. While the challenge has been building momentum, it received a substantial boost on Sunday, Dec. 9, when it was featured in an 8-minute package on ASAP Natin ‘To, the longest-running musical variety show in the Philippines.

The feature includes Filipino dancers, actors and singers Nhikzy Calma, Donny Pangilinan, Elmo Magalona, Loisa Andalio, Edward Barber and Kim Chiu separately doing the challenge with a member of their families. The spotlight also includes coverage of the fast-rising dance craze and an instructional video on how to do the routine that incorporates the lean wit it rock wit it, dab, nae nae and other dances.

The song produced by Cub$kout was inspired by Lavaado’s background as a popular dancer in Atlanta. “I know that most of my followers like to dance so I wanted to come with a creative dancing song that they can do with me,” he says. “The best part about all of the challenge videos is that people usually do them with five or more people which I believe makes the dance and song more interesting to participate in.”

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