Harlem Shake Meme Infiltrates Ski Culture

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In case you’ve been without the Internet all month, there is a meme on YouTube where people make 30-second clips of themselves dancing to the song “Harlem Shake” by Baauer.

In brief, it all started when Baauer sampled a lyric from Philadelphia party rap crew Plastic Little and dropped his song "Harlem Shake" last spring. Baauer sampled the 2001 Plastic Little song titled “Miller Time” that ends with Jayson Musson's lyric “And if you bring a 40 bottle to battle me/ I’ll just punch you in the face/ then do the Harlem Shake.” The lyric references an actual fight Musson got in and how Musson ended it: by doing the dance from the late 1990s / early 2000s.

Then Filthy Frank, a 19-year-old from New York, heard the song and made the first “Harlem Shake” video.



“I was in a room with a few people. One of my friends was just playing the song on the speakers and I asked what [it was], and it just happened to be ‘Harlem Shake,’” Filthy Frank told The Fader music magazine. “As soon as the drop of the song came, we just started going crazy. We thought, well, we could turn this in to something good.”

Now, as many as 4,000 Harlem Shake videos have been uploaded in a single day, and in two weeks more than 12,000 videos have been created, generating more than 44 million total views, The Fader reports.

Of course, the ski industry got a hold of it, including us. Below is our Harlem shake video and a few others from the ski world.

Now do the Harlem Shake.


The Jackson Hole version was filmed on a GoPro HD Hero3 Black Edition, available at online at the Official GoPro® Store



Harlem Shake Aspen style.


Jay Peak's Harlem Shake.


Whistler does the Harlem Shake.

What's you're favorite Harlem Shake video? Post it in the comments below.

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