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The Crip Walk, or C-Walk, is a dance that originated in the early 1990s in Compton, a poor suburb of Los Angeles, California (popularly referenced in rap lyrics). What began as a symbolic dance between street gangs of the area, soon became a staple of hip-hop dance in the late 1990s. Originally, members of the Crips gang would use nimble movements of their feet to spell out their names or other pro-Crips words (sometimes spelling out Bloods, their rival gang, and then crossing it out, it is also believed that the 'C-walk' was used as a warning, for example in the build-up to a robbery. The 'look out' would stand out side of the store and act as surveillance. The 'robbers' would await the signal, in which the 'C-walk' was used). This dance is typically performed to West Coast Gangsta rap and G-funk. The C-Walk first hit the mainstream when rapper Xzibit, who himself is a Crip, had his music video for his hit single "Get Your Walk On" feature the dance. The dance was also featured censored on the video of Snoop Dogg's hit single "Drop It like it's hot". Many do not realize the seriousness of the dance. Snoop Dogg rapped on a remix of fellow Crip WC's single "The Streets" that the dance is for Crip members and only for Crip members.
In recent years, the dance has spawned spin-offs such as the Clown Walk in attempts to distance the Walk from the original gang ties.