Harlem Shake – a true internet meme
The Harlem Shake is an Internet meme in the form of a video in which a group of people performs a comedy sketch accompanied by a short excerpt from the song “Harlem Shake”. As a meme, the video was replicated by many people, using the same concept, and this rapidly led to it becoming viral in early February 2013, with thousands of “Harlem Shake” videos being made and uploaded to YouTube every day at the height of its popularity | WIKIPEDIA
A meme (pronounced meem, not me me) is an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture. It can also spread across cultures, especially through the help of the internet.
So what is the Harlem Shake?
It is actually an 80′s dance move and the people of Harlem are a bit upset by their dance being misrepresented, for instructions on how to do the real harlem shake, look below:
The original song by Baauer:
The love child of Brooklyn and the Internet, Baauer was born out of noise. A sound that began steeped in the 4/4 dance tradition, slowly took on hip hop tendencies until the two became one. Influenced heavily by southern hip-hop and UK bass sounds, Baauer has found himself smack dab in the middle of the electronic renaissance. He is the delectable fusion of future-crunk and leather shaken aggressively in a bottle for years and has only just opened the top to pour the mixture out.
Harlem Shake his been featured on almost every Diplo and Friends mix to date including Diplo, Brodinski, and Flosstradamus as well as being featured in Rustie’s Lastest Essential mix! | Mad Decent and Diplo Soundcloud
The original video which started the meme:
5 Sunshine Coast (Australia) teenagers who made a silly video of them dancing, the concept seems to be one person dancing while the others are bored untill the music switches…
The second version of the Harlem Shake “Do the Harlem Shake” which has INCORRECTLY been labelled as the original:
The most popular videos to date are below:
The Office Edition 26M + Views
UGA Men’s Swim & Dive 32M + Views
The Harlem Shake v2 (smart title ) 11M + Views
The Army edition – 62M + Views
Miami Heat Edition – 39M + Views
Playboy Playmate Edition – 32M + Views
Simpsons Version – 25M + Views
Crazy to think 5 Aussie boys from the Sunny coast started a world wide phenomena via YouTube.