Baauers “Harlem Shake” may have hit a hurdle to stop its rumbling ascension through the iTunes charts and across the internet due to sampling issues.
Recently during an AMA on reddit, trap producer Baauer told fans that he found the samples for the track “on the innerwebs.” It seems that answer isn’t satisfying everyone, and fans were quick to find the real source of the samples.
Now retired, the reggaeton producer turned preacher Hector “el Father” Delgado has told the Puerto Rican reporters that he plans on suing Baauer over the use of the “con los terroristas” sample used at the beginning of the viral track.
What remains unclear is whether Baauer intentionally witheld the source of the sample, or literally did just randomly find it on the internet. It’s interesting to see this sort of backlash towards a prominent artist, when so many aspiring DJs and artists feel the wrath when uploading their remixes to YouTube and Soundcloud every single day.
The samples in question stem from reggaetron artist Hector “El Father” Delgado who’s voice don’s the intro who feels as if “It’s almost like they came on my land and built a house,” with stronger words being dished out to Baauer via Delgado’s manager voicing “We can turn around and stop that song. That’s a clear breaking of intellectual property rights.” – something we thought had already happened when Pitbull rapped over it.
“Harlem Shake” was originally released for free through Diplo’s Mad Decent sub imprint Jeferees over 12 months ago but recently found wide viral fame for it’s crazy dance interpretations.
Outside of the words comes news that the the parties are indeed negotiating and will hopefully resolve things.
Have a watch of El Fathers track “Maldades” below to hear the sample.