Baauer disowns his viral hit ‘Harlem Shake’: ‘it’s corny and annoying’

The original artist has had enough of his 2013 dance meme

Baauer, who made his name largely through his 2013 smash viral hit ‘Harlem Shake’, has disowned the song in an interview published earlier this week (February 17).

Since ‘Harlem Shake’s numerous viral videos – which featured twin-pace dancing to the beat-heavy track – became huge in early 2013, Baauer (from Philadelphia) has worked with No Doubt and The Prodigy. The track actually came out in 2012, but didn’t sell many copies until the viral phenomenon that pushed it forward in 2013. Baauer later faced copyright issues over samples of Diplo used on the track.

Talking to Rolling Stone, the American talked about the track and his issues with fame, saying:


“It became corny and annoying as fuck, and my name was attached to that. I look at Kanye, who lives in that 24/7, and I can’t imagine what kind of a person you must be to deal with that. Just getting the smallest little touch of that experience was too much for me. I totally see what Kurt Cobain must have felt like when it happened to him.”

Watch ‘The Story of the Harlem Shake’, explaining a little on the origins of the track, below:

Baauer relates his forthcoming debut album to the track, explaining that “it made me want to fuck with things more” and that he’s proud of “the spectrum of weird shit that’s on there.”

He also explained his plans to stay out of view as far as possible when he performs live in future, explaining: “It’s nonsense to act like you’re performing on an instrument when it’s all just on the computer.”

Baauer’s debut album ‘Aa’, which will not feature the track, is due on March 18.


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