Ever since Baauer’s catchy electronic dance tune “Harlem Shake” turned into this insane do-it-yourself phenomenon, there have been 4000 versions of the video uploaded every day. Four Thousand! All following the same formula…intro music with one guy pelvic thrusting while the rest of the room ignores him, then when the beat drops, cut to a chaotic scene where everyone is dancing and raving. And done. Youtube views smorgasbord! There’s a Firefighter Harlem Shake, and a Today ShowHarlem Shake, and countless college Harlem Shakes, office Harlem Shakes, porn star Harlem Shakes, even the Hot97 in-studio Harlem Shake…You know the only thing missing from the Harlem Shake videos? Actual Harlem Shaking. Oh yeah…remember that little wobbly dance craze that was all the rage in the early 2000′s when it appeared in various Bad Boy music videos? One of the few dance fads that was best done by kids under the age of 16. Something about loose connective tissue perhaps. Well, the Baauer song and viral meme is not about that Harlem dance. Sorry G.Dep. And when Shlepp Films went to Harlem to see if the streets are “con los terroristas” with the rest of the “Harlem Shake” fanatics….the answer was a big fat no.
Here is a video compilation of the original Harlem “Harlem Shake”
Pharrell Williams is taking his music skills to The Voice. The producer will be joining new coach Usher, E! News reports. Williams has signed on to be an adviser to help the R&B star’s team of performers during the battle rounds. Having collaborated with the Virginia native in the past, Usher noted Williams’ talent as the motivation for having him on board. “A master of his craft, an artist, an innovator. Who better to have on my team than Pharrell?” Usher said in a statement. “His ability to nurture and develop talent is invaluable and will truly benefit each and every one on my team.” Usher was announced as one of two new judges, the second of which is pop star, Shakira. He was added to the roster to replace Cee Lo Green whose career has taken off as of late. While away from The Voice, the Goodie Mobb singer signed on for a residency in Las Vegas, and has television projects in the works, including a sitcom loosely based on his life. The other replaced judge, Christina Aquilera, took time away from the show to work on her music and released her seventh album, Lotus last November. The fourth season of The Voice premieres March 25.
The Global Spin Awards went down last night in New York, honoring the top DJs in the game in various categories like Breaktrhough DJ of the year, DJ/producer of the year, Female DJ of the year, tour DJ of the year and more.
The event which was hosted by Sway also included an epic tribute on the turntables to the legendary DJ Grandmaster Flash from three of pioneers of the game — DJ Premier, DJ Scratch & DJ Cash Money. DJ Whoo Kid, who won the tour DJ of the year award caught the full 10 minute set for us. Amazing!