The Harlem Shakedown

How a silly viral video craze completely overshadowed the origins of a beloved old-school dance.

The Apollo Theater (D Dipasupil/Getty Images); The "Harlem Shake" (YouTube)
The Apollo Theater (D Dipasupil/Getty Images); The "Harlem Shake" (YouTube)

“While it’s cool to be Ground Zero and all,” Filthy Frank said in the video, “I really don’t give a ball sack anymore, so we can move on from that.”

Tamara Palmer is a San Francisco-based freelance writer and the author of Country Fried Soul: Adventures in Dirty South Hip-Hop. Follow her on Twitter.

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