T-Pain, Matt & Kim, Jimmy Fallon and literally more than 20,000 others have created their own version of the “Harlem Shake”, the latest viral video craze on the Internet (even though in Harlem we’ve been doing since ’80s – that’s how far we’re ahead). Much like last year’s “Gangnam Style” phenomenon, the goal is to make a 30-second video with your own spin on the trap music hit by New York DJ Baauer.
Here’s how to do this version “Harlem Shake”: One person dances alone while wearing a mask or helmet, as everyone else in the room ignores them for 10-15 seconds. Then when the song declares “do the Harlem Shake,” everyone else starts dancing like crazy to the wild beats, often incorporating strange costumes and at least one person in their underwear.
Though it’s only been a trend for the past two weeks, The Atlantic declared the “Harlem Shake” it officially “dead” after meteorologist Al Roker dressed up as Cupid and danced on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday morning.
The original Harlem Shake, invented back in the ’80s in Harlem, was a dance popularized in music videos like G. Dep’s ‘Let’s Get It’ featuring Diddy and Black Rob, Fabolous‘ ‘Young’n (Holla Back)’ and Eve‘s ‘Who’s That Girl?’ (source).
For all you Syracusian’s in Harlem, here’s SU’s version of what they are calling the “Harlem Shake” was filmed with college mascot Otto the Orange on the steps of Hendricks Chapel. When the bassline drops and everyone else joins in, you’ll see Gumby, Angry Birds, a giant chicken, Spider-Man, sorority girls, a David Bowie look-a-like and even students dancing on a Department of Public Safety vehicle (is that legal).
Here’s how to do a real version of the Harlem Shake: