Azealia Banks Raps All Over Your Dumb ‘Harlem Shake’ Meme
Beneath all that goofy convulsing is a badass beat
As much as we encourage human beings to wild tha eff out at regular intervals throughout their workaday lives, we can’t get behind your mother’s bridge club’s brand new “Harlem Shake (Aging Edition)” YouTube clip. Especially since neither she nor anyone who’s advanced the meme online thus far is actually doing the dance called the Harlem Shake (shouts to the catfish catchers at Deadspin for blowing the lid off of this scandal too). What we do endorse, however, is Harlem resident Azealia Banks delivering fire-hot verse after fire-hot verse over Baauer’s original “Harlem Shake” instrumental. The song itself, released on Diplo’s Mad Decent label, is a bass and trap-addled dance floor bomba that recalls Mexicans With Guns’ trunk-rattling 2011 LP Ceremony. Banks plays it cool for her part, winding in and out of the rhythm like Missy Elliott with a belly full of Kelis’ “Milkshake.”
You shake it up, then you shake it down, alright?