Baauer in Trouble for Unauthorized 'Harlem Shake' Samples
Brooklyn DJ Baauer is currently reaping the success of his viral "Harlem Shake" tune, which has spawned a global YouTube video-making dance craze. However, the trap and bass music producer has met a bump on the road, getting involved in a complaint for allegedly using two artists' samples on his current Billboard hit without their consent.
The 23-year-old artist is being slammed by former reggaeton artist Hector Delgado and rapper Jayson Musson for sampling their music without first obtaining the rights from them. The two are now seeking compensation from Baauer's record label, Mad Decent Records.
Musson claims his "Do the Harlem Shake!" line in Baauer's track came from a song entitled "Miller Time" recorded by the rap group Plastic Little back in 2001. Meanwhile, Delgado says he was the originator of the hit track's opening line "Con los terroristas", which came from his track "Maldades", something that he recorded back in 2006 under the name Hector El Father.
Although an agreement has yet to be reached as regards to being compensated for the unauthorized "Harlem Shake" samples, Musson says Mad Decent has been "more than cooperative." He is apparently in good terms with those involved, even personally thanking Baauer for "doing something useful with our annoying music." However, Delgado is not as happy, saying, "It's almost like they came on my land and built a house," figuratively describing the violation on his intellectual property rights.
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