Baauer scored a breakout hit with the viral “Harlem Shake,” which has crowned the charts for the past few weeks. While the record is a certified hit, Jim Jones says that the track originally belonged to him.
During an interview with Jenny Boom Boom, the Capo said that he recorded a song over the “Harlem Shake” beat for Pauly D‘s album but that they never ended up using the track. After keeping the song in the vaults for a year, he heard Baauer’s version and subsequently decided to release his rendition of the cut.
“Actually, that record was mine for a year, I had that record a year ago and I never was… It was supposed to be for Pauly D’s album and we never did nothing with it,” he said. “When I started to hear the ‘Harlem Shake’ and heard the beat, I was like damn, I had the record for a year. So I just put the record out. I been had that record before anybody even thought about that record. It was a record for Pauly D’s album from ‘Jersey Shore.'”
The Dipset member isn’t the only one to lay a verse over the instrumental. Fellow Harlemite Azealia Banks released her version of the track that Baauer tried to block. She later released an email from Baauer who praised her rendition that was recorded in December.
Listen to the full interview below (via HHNM).