The Harlem Shake—the ridiculous meme in which people go crazy, dancing awkwardly to the first thirty seconds the song by the same title, is still going strong. Yesterday the song’s producer, Harry Rodrigues AKA Baauer, chimed in on the trend in a Reddit AMA, in which he answered questions about what the viral spread of the Harlem Shake has been like and revealed which parodies he likes best.
In the AMA, Baauer talked a bit about what it’s been like to see the Harlem Shake meme blow up. He writes, “its dope to see anything go crazy like this on the internet. so of course its especially insane that its my tune. im glad my song started something thats connecting so many people [sic].”
Redditor KGDaMarauder asked whether Baauer thinks the viral craze surrounding the Harlem Shake has changed the way people view his music, adding that “it seems to be taking away from your credibility as an artist.” He asked, “does it annoy you that you are only now receiving significant praise due to the competition for the stupidest 30 second video?” Baauer responded, “The viral craze was something totally out of my control. I see it really positively. At the end of the day lots of new people are listening to my music. I’m hoping that my music will speak for itself.”
When asked how much money he had personally made thus far off the Harlem Shake, Baauer responded with “1,000,000,000,000.” If only that were true!
But the question we all want to know the answer to is whether or not Baauer has any favorite ‘Harlem Shake’ videos. Of course, with over 4,000 new parodies being uploaded each day, it would be impossible for him to watch all of them. But Baauer says, “I think the under water one is pretty great. Also the T-Pain one.” Check out these two videos below and let us know what you think. Are you still exciting about the Harlem Shake meme or are you ready for it to shake its way into oblivion?
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video expert here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.