Azealia Banks does the Harlem Shake
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We've been holding off addressing the Harlem Shake phenomenon in all its inexplicable ubiquity, but we can't any longer. Azealia Banks has almost made it cool.
Not cool with the original creator of the disorienting dance track, though. When Banks released her own remix of it on Soundcloud, Brooklyn producer Baauer had it taken down yesterday, arguing that she didn't have permission.
Banks, being the polite and sensible adult she is, posted a video clip of her version last night called him (and later Perez Hilton, who got unnecessarily involved with the hashtag #TeamBaauer) a 'faggot', threatening that she has email proof. From there things escalated. At last check Banks was ruminating on the origins and significance of the above F-word, Kanye West-style.
But beefs and homophobic loopiness aside, she's done an spare track some favours with smooth raps and silky moves (and a Hello Kitty hairbrush).
Unlike typical examples of the Harlem Shake internet sensation - usually featuring, for the uninitiated, a solitary weirdo in costume waving their arms around frenetically, until the apparently-irresistible bass drops and everyone around them joins in, although this bears no relation to the original Harlem Shake dance either - this features no stupid dancing and is actually more than bearable to watch.
She's touring here with Future Music Festival next month - wonder if she'll drop it into her set list...