The case against the dab
This is obviously pure conjecture.
Migos and the rappers they roll with are no strangers to weed. Here are some of their song titles, for reference: "Contraband," "Dope in my Sock," "Scooby and Shaggy," "Pipe It Up," "Ounces," and the list trails on, almost eternally. And here, is a sample line, from "Pipe It Up": "Pipe it up, pipe it up, pipe it up, pipe it up/I'm just doing my dab, I called it the pipe it up/All this dab a ni**a dripping"
Admittedly, "Pipe" in this setting (especially after hearing Mike's view on Atlanta slang) might not even refer to smoking at all. Knicks fans will probably remember J.R. Smith's infamous usage of the phrase to refer to his... um... J.R. junior. And like Mike said before, ATL slang is a whole world unto itself. But, I mean...c'mon.
"I see what you are saying there," Mike told me, when I shared my theory of Migos playing it cool in order to keep the dab on mainstream America's radar, "but the only thing is, I haven't known them to really care or give a shit about anything in the past. They've always been huge in Atlanta, but now, they are getting some serious coverage all over because of the dab, so there might be some motivation there to play it kind of cool. But again, it might hard to see them even caring if everyone knew this move was about weed."
In all fairness, this wouldn't be the first time slang from songs, or dance moves, have been embraced my lame-ass people across the country, without realizing the implications. Let's look at words like "Skeet Skeet," "Bando," "Trap," and "Superman the Hoe." They mean "ejaculate," "an abandoned house used for selling drugs," "the corner where drugs are sold," and "ejaculating on a woman's back, then sticking a bed-sheet on her like a cape," respectively.
The "Bankhead Bounce" was (reportedly) a crack cocaine-influenced dance, made popular by Michael Jackson and copied in suburban living rooms across the nation. Players for the Washington Redskins and the Alabama National Championship team have recently been captured mimicking a dance, the "Ran Off on da Plug Twice," created by the rapper Plies in his song "Ritz Carlton," which is apparently about running away from the cops.
This shit happens all the time. Drugs and sex are a big part of rap culture. And sometimes, it bleeds through onto the unsuspecting masses, who might be yelling "Skeet-Skeet!" while dancing with their NaNas at their Cousin Bob's wedding reception, without realizing the horror of the situation.