News: Just Blazes All The "Harlem Shake" Controversy [Video]

Friday, Mar 8, 2013 5:08PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Hit producer Just Blaze is the latest hip-hop artist to speak on the rave surrounding friend/fellow musician Baauer's "Harlem Shake" anthem and offered an interesting take on the backlash.

In Just Bleezy's perspective, critics should cool off and view the infectious movement as pure entertainment.

VIBE.com was granted a sneak peak at Just Blaze's exclusive interview from the upcoming episode of MTV2's "The Week In Jams." Hosts Angela Yee, Damien Lemon and DJ Envy talked to the producer/DJ about the success and the backlash of Bauuer's "Harlem Shake." Just has been working and touring with the producer, and gave his take on the record. "It's no disrespect towards Harlem, but it's like times change, things evolve. This is the entertainment industry." Just Blaze tells Angela Yee. " So it's not like the record was made to disrespect the original "Harlem Shake." It was a vocal sample from a record, chopped up, and made the title of the song. It's like people sometimes over think it." (VIBE)

This week, Dipset's Jim Jones raised eyebrows when he said the track originally belonged to him.

"Well actually, that was record mine's for like a year," Jones revealed in an interview. "I had that record a year ago and I never, it was supposed to be for Pauly D's album and we never did nothing with it so when I started to hear this 'Harlem Shake' and I heard the beat, I was like, 'D*mn. I had that beat already for a year.' So I just put the [remix] record out. Yeah. ... I been had that record before anybody even thought about that record. It was a record for Pauly D's album for 'Jersey Shore.'" ("Jenny Boom Boom")

The catchy record even motivated Terror Squad leader Fat Joe to support it last month.

"Harlem Shake" mania continues to sweep the nation. From entire sports teams to puppies, Baauer's hit song has spawned thousands of viral videos on YouTube. Now Fat Joe is getting in on the craze. The Bronx rapper busts out the robot while dancing with his Terror Squad and Epidemic family in the studio. (Rap-Up)

Despite its growing appeal, the dance has received backlash for its lack of originality.

The real Harlem Shake, a much more raw, technical, fluid, frenetic dance, was born in New York City about 14 years ago. But while some in Harlem have taken offense at the rebranding, and posted videos of their own in response, the four-man dance crew many credit as having pioneered and popularized the dance see another shot at stardom, the kind that burns brighter and longer than a 30-second parody. "I'm not a hater," said Maurice "Motion " Strayhorne, one of the original Harlem Shakers as part of the Crazy Boyz dance crew. "But it's bitter in the sense of, it's like they're disrespecting the whole style of dancing." (New York Times)

Check out Just Blaze's interview:

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