In Fortnite, there is a character that is more or less a human-sized ice cream cone with arms, legs, and on top of everything, a face. And this week, to kick off Fortnite’s No Sweat Summer event, he dropped a suggestive hip-hop song and dance about eating ice cream that has everyone in the metaverse losing their minds one way or another. Nobody here is neutral. People either love the new song in the sensitive ice cream cone Lil Whip universe, or they find it deeply awful.
For me, the new emote for Lil Whip’s hip-hop track, Drippin’ Flavour, is a masterpiece of both song and dance. But more important than that, it’s a distillation of what has given Fortnite its staying power: this willingness to try really hard to be extremely stupid.
This is one of those things you need to see for yourself, so if you haven’t seen this beautiful abomination yet, you should take a moment to watch at least part of this little music video put up by one of Epic’s content creation partners. at the start of the Fortnite No Sweat Summer event.
Just so we all know what we’re up against here, here are the lyrics to this part of the song: “MMMMMMM/ Lil Whip, Lil Whip Lil Whip/ MMMMMMM/ Pick what you want/ Take a lick/ Just like that/ MMMMMM/ Beat it / Lil Whippin’ in your cup/ MMMMMMM/ Lil Whippin’/ Dripping flavor/ That’s what’s up.”
Remember, this is a song about ice cream, so it’s not sexual! It just FEELS like it is, you can’t mention licking stuff in a song if you want to avoid that vibe, and that’s a big part of what unleashed the legions of haters when we first heard about the song.
Someone who is new here could look at this Lil Whip situation and see some kind of flaw. After all, when the emote was leaked on a Sunday night or Monday morning, the response among the Fortnite community was almost universally disgusted. It’s easy to see why: the vocals grated and the lyrics seemed oddly sexual for a song that’s all about eating ice cream; Epic may have let things get out of hand with all that “MMMMMMMMM”. And the dance definitely includes some of those pelvic thrusts that scared people half a century ago.
But this is not a failure. Not remotely. Drippin’ Flavor is a fun song and the dance totally owns it. I’ve used this thing as my victory royale celebration several times, and I don’t think I’ll be using any other for my taunts any time soon. I stood in a bathroom full of Party Royale doing this ice cream sex dance with a horde of randoms, and it was beautiful.
But what really makes it work is what has made Fortnite work since Epic introduced the Battle Royale mode: just the sheer gall of this shit. This emoticon is outrageous. A song about eating ice cream that has weird sexual undertones, written and performed by an ice cream cone man, and I can get Thanos and Darth Vader and Superman and Robocop and Ariana Grande to do the suggestive dance that goes with it? This is straight inside the box of Fortnite stuff I want, delivered at legitimately high quality. I’m not sure I’ve ever been so pleased by any entertainment product that wasn’t directed by Michael Bay.
I’m a simple boy, you know? I didn’t become a Fortnite guy because I love battle royales or because I thought it was an exceptionally fun game. No, I became a Fortnite guy because I could make Will Smith’s character from the Bad Boys movies do the Gangnam Style dance. Hundreds of dollars in microtransactions and a year of “improving” later, I’m still really an idiot who wants to make my digital doll do a stupid dance. I play Fortnite for the memes.
And this is as meme as it gets, even in Fortnite. Lil Whip also exists as a non-player character in the world of Fortnite that you can interact with during Battle Royale matches. When you find him, this guy even has some weirdly suggestive dialogue that might come up, like, “If you don’t want it in a cone, I can squirt it in a loose paper bag.” That’s not dirty at all, but it sure is. sound How is it.
I can not get enough. Over the next week I’ll probably be using that Drippin’ Flavor twice as much as all my other emotes combined (probably a conservative estimate, since I don’t even want to use any of the others right now). It will stay in my locker wheel maybe forever.
This song is bop, and the dance rules, and the whole thing is divisive in a way that doesn’t matter. I think Lil Whip’s Drippin’ Flavor is the song of the summer.
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