Baauer Shares His Side of the Azealia Banks "Harlem Shake" Beef

Baauer Shares His Side of the Azealia Banks "Harlem Shake" Beef

This has not been a great few days for Azealia Banks’ social life. In case you missed it, Banks dropped her remix of Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” last week, sparking some Twitter beef with Baauer and, subsequently, his pal Diplo. Baauer had the song taken down, Banks claimed that Diplo gave her explicit permission to use the track and Banks started handing out homophobic slurs.

While Banks has been consistently vocal, to say the least, we finally hear Baauer’s side of the story today, thanks to an interview with The Daily Beast. Here’s what the Brooklyn producer had to say about the run-in:

“I’m not happy about it. She had a version that we were going to release because I’m a big fan of hers. We knew she likes to beef with producers. So she laid something on ‘Harlem Shake’ and it was so/so. Didn’t love it. And that was a little while ago, and since all this video stuff happened, our plans all changed. Because of that, we decided to just release the song on it’s own with no vocal version. So we told her, ‘Please don’t release your version.’ And she said, ‘Well, I’m going to put it online anyway.’ And we said, ‘Please don’t. We’d really like it if you didn’t.’ And she did.”

[via Pitchfork]

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