Harlem World Reacts to the ‘New’ Harlem Shake

Last week, I began to see a buzz on Twitter and throughout the net that, lo and behold, some one resuscitated a classic dance from the dead, and that the Harlem Shake had been brought back to life.  So I went to Youtube to see one of the TRILLION (No, I’m serious) remixes/videos of this “new” craze to see what it’s hitting for.  And nearly 15 seconds in I say to myself, “THIS AIN’T THE HARLEM SHAKE!  LET ALONE, A NEW YORK STYLE HIP-HOP BEAT!”.

This craze has literally taken over the internet like never before.  You have people uploading videos every second, worldwide, showcasing their take on the shake.  But what I’ve been thinking to myself all along is, what do the dear people of Harlem, New York, USA think about this?  Because as old as the original dance is (in the GIF above), it was very original and classic.  Even here in Cincinnati, everybody in 8th grade was trying to jig to this new sound and Hip-Hop dance.

So the good people at Schelpp Films went to the streets to hear the real voice of Harlem to get their opinions on this fanatically, awkward phenomenon that’s going on.  And I’m telling you, I’ve watched this video so many times, and I enjoy it more and more each time.  You gotta love New Yorkers, their reactions are priceless!

So what’s your take on the new Harlem Shake?  I say, shout out to Bauuer, the producer of this new track, but it is nothing more than a dance beat.  It doesn’t stand a chance to G-Dep’s “Let’s Get It” or the many other songs from the 2001-2003 era that had everybody rocking; the original Harlem Shake was a movement.  It was Hip-Hop and authentic.  But I don’t know so much about this.  Share your thoughts.

2 thoughts on “Harlem World Reacts to the ‘New’ Harlem Shake

  1. I agree 110%. I’m from the DMV and every time a Wale song comes on when he uses Pretty Girl samples people don’t appreciate the history of Go-go music. Eric Roberson performed in Birmingham and sampled sardines and pork and beans (I was beating my feet, well not really but you get what I mean). Living in the UK makes me realize that people will take a name and or genre of music and totally use it to do something else without knowing the full history behind it. They need to stop calling it the Harlem Shake and call it ‘Techno Drugs’ or something!

    • Thanks for stopping by, sis! And you are so right, LOL! It’s as if ‘BITING’ has become acceptable and it just isn’t… Especially when it comes to art forms and cultures that truly mean something to people… It’s gotta stop!

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