Despite sparking the fuse for a viral takeover and reaching the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, trap producer Baauer insists that he still hasn’t seen a dime from his single “Harlem Shake.” In a recent interview with Pitchfork, he discloses that his time in the courtroom, settling lawsuits from sampled artist Hector Delgado and Philly rapper Jayson Musson has prevented him from establishing a final profit number from the track:
Pitchfork: Have you made a lot of money from [“Harlem Shake”]?
Baauer: I still don’t know. I haven’t seen any money from it.
Pitchfork: Why is that?
Baauer: I’m meeting with my lawyer tomorrow for lunch, so I’m gonna find that out. I think it’s mostly because of all the legal shit. I didn’t clear the samples because I was in my fucking bedroom on Grand Street. I wasn't going to think to call up [Delgado], I didn’t even know who it was who did that [sample]; I knew the Jayson Musson [sample]. So I found myself in that fucking pickle. Legal letters and shit. Ugh. Lawyers. So exposure-wise it was fantastic, but everything else...
Luckily Baauer’s time with the suits hasn’t prevented him from punching in hours at the studio. Check out his new video for “Higher” (feat. Just Blaze and Jay Z), which we hope will finally get him the green he deserves.
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