Harlem Shake Cardiff Kook Style in San Diego, CA
The Harlem Shake... demystified (sort of)When you sit at work and watch endless 30 second clips of videos titled Harlem Shake, you aren't quite sure if you are extremely confused, going to get in trouble, and disturbed all simultaneously. First disclaimer, we are not at fault for your lack of productivity at work. Second, we are just as addicted as you are. Costumed people shaking what they got alongside children, grandparents, in corporate offices or underwater; the sheer uniqueness of each clip can provide hours of enjoyment.
History of the Harlem Shake (in reverse)
- February, 2013: DJ BAAUER's song became the next viral phenom in February and as of mid February there were over 4,000 uploaded videos of people doing repeat insane dance moves (usually in animal costumes) that hardly resemble the original Eskesta dance. Some people still keep the NYC Harlem Shake moves in their video, but generally when the beat drops the idea is to go as insane as possible.
- May, 2012: The dance faded away until 2012 when DJ BAAUER uploaded a song titled "Harlem Shake" to YouTube with sexy lion roaring sounds and a sick beat that eventually would be the soundtrack to thousands of videos.
- 1981-2001: Al B brought the Harlem Shake stateside in 1981 (originally called the "albee"). The dance took the ethnic cultural Eskesta dance and twisted it with hip hop and that Harlem gangsta attitude you would expect from NYC. The peak of the Harlem Shake was in 2001 when famous names like P. Diddy, Cam'ron, G. Dep, and Jadakiss were either mentioning it or doing the dance in their music videos.
- 3000+ Years Ago: The Harlem shake we know today somehow (hard to see any resemblance) has its roots in the Ethiopian Eskesta dance that has probably been around for over 3,000 years. It took us that long to steal another country's dance? Maybe we're not as creative as we thought.