Jim Jones Originally Had Baauer’s ‘Harlem Shake’ Beat

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” has spawned numerous viral videos and remix tracks from the likes of the Miami Heat to real Harlem natives like Azealia Banks and Jim Jones. Now, Jimmy is revealing that he recorded a song over the “Harlem Shake” beat well before the new craze began.

In a new interview with radio’s Jenny Boom Boom, Jim said that he recorded the track for Pauly D of Jersey Shore’s album. “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,” said Jones. “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.’”

Jimmy eventually dropped his own version although he had it first.

Pauly D’s album has no release date but the DJ released “Back to Love” with Jay Sean this year and “Night of My Life” featuring Dash in 2012.