Harlem native Azealia Banks drops the visuals for her booty-shaking remix on Baauer’s “Harlem Shake.” While Baauer, an artist on who has been dropping his tunes via Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint Jeffree’s, released his track in May 2012, the song has in the last couple of weeks become a YouTube sensation.
According to YouTube, more than 12,000 “Harlem Shake” videos have been uploaded to the site this month after vlogger Filthy Frank posted the original jumping off point, and these virals have been watched upward of 44 million times. One day saw some 4,000 video go up alone. While they share the same name as the ’80s hip-hop-inspired jiggle, the modern day Harlem Shake videos begin with one person dancing to the song alone for 15 seconds, surrounded by those oblivious to them. When the bass drops, the camera flips to where an entire crowd is doing the dance for the next 15 seconds. They last no longer than 30 seconds usually.
The Azealia Banks video doesn’t exactly go there. She takes Baauer’s track and adds her own rap lyrics to it. Sample: “Shake me, shake it, and keep it rollin/ Rotate this circle shift it and keep it going/ Now you made it, and now he know it/ Your shake’s the favorite, so now they want it.”
Baauer isn’t exactly a fan of Banks’ version. He “coccblocked [sic]” her freestyle from soundcloud on Valentine’s Day.