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03.13.13 Andy Cush

While Lena Dunham and piggie poop balls sat around wearing Google Glass and discussing the merits of 3D-printing your own Beyonce, these three drones danced a sad, sad “Harlem Shake” in some empty lot at SXSW. This is what we’ve created, people. […]

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03.11.13 Andy Cush

Last month, we found out that ANIMAL-favorite artist Jayson Musson aka Hennesy Youngman was the voice of the “Do the Harlem Shake” sample behind Baauer’s inescapable hit. Thanks to some reporting by the New York Times, we now know that the track’s other vocal sample–the “con los terroristas!” one–comes from former reggaeton artist (and current evangelical preacher) […]

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02.22.13 Andy Cush

Once upon a time in the long long ago, record sales and terrestrial radio play were the only things that mattered for charting the performance of a particular single–if a song sold well and got radio play (and the two usually go hand-in-hand), it charted. If it didn’t, it didn’t. Then came the internet, and […]

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02.20.13 Samer Kalaf

It’s only natural that in this stage of the progression of the Harlem Shake meme, someone would go to Harlem and find out what its residents thought of the ersatz Harlem Shake. Surprise! They think it’s stupid and weird, because when you put your name on something and that something looks like “humping,” as one […]

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02.15.13 Marina Galperina

“And if you bring a forty bottle to battle me/ I’ll just punch you in the face/then do the Harlem Shake.” That’s artist (and curator) Jayson Musson rapping, you guys. He’s also “Hennessy Youngman,” the internet’s best art critic whose acclaimed series Art Thoughtz is one of the best things that ever happened to the internet. And art. […]

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Marina Galperina

We here at ANIMAL have been a bit taken by this Harlem Shake meme. We even went to Times Square to document the NYPD trying to shut down the biggest ever Harlem Shake. Naturally, one of the first few things that comes to mind is… when’s the porn version coming out? So we called up our […]

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02.14.13 Andy Cush

Here it is: the Harlem Shake to end all Harlem Shakes. The mobile developers at Moovweb created this ingenious bookmarklet, which gets the text, images, and other assets of any website dancing around to the Internet’s favorite Baauer track. To use it, just head here, drag the button onto your bookmarks bar, then click it […]

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Samer Kalaf

The Harlem Shake craze is almost at its apex, but now Harlem’s Azealia Banks has chosen to join in and rap over Baauer’s track while the meme’s still hot. Listen below. Update: The SoundCloud link has stopped functioning, but here’s a YouTube rip. Update #2: The YouTube video’s down now, so uh, sorry. (Photo: Serjao […]

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02.13.13 Joseph Schulhoff

Last night marked an epic moment for the Harlem Shake, when two viral filmmakers shot a massive version of the Internet meme in Times Square. By spreading the word through Reddit, other websites, and social media, the duo were able to get nearly 300 people to converge on the area a little after 7:30PM. After […]

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02.12.13 Andy Cush

If you’re a fan of the internet’s newest favorite meme and have been longing to participate, consider heading to Times Square tonight, where a Harlem Shake of epic proportions will be going down. Spotted on Reddit, the Harlem Shake shoot has 570 people attending according to Facebook, with an additional 165 “maybes,” at the time […]

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