One would think with the billions of silly and goofy “Harlem Shake” renditions floating around the net within the past few months, and the accumulated sales to boot, that the creator of the dance and viral craze would be banking off the phenomenon right this very moment, right? Wrong. Due to sample clearances and licensing issues, in which portions were taken from the Plastic Little (reggaetón artist Hector Delgado and Philly rapper Jayson Musson ) the 24 year old Baauer has yet to fully reap the success of the breakout single, solely because they wanted a piece of the pie, and as a result Baauer hasn’t seen a dime from the hit. He tells Pitchfork’s Corban Goble:
Pitchfork: Have you made a lot of money from it?
B: I still don’t know. I haven’t seen any money from it.
Pitchfork: Why is that?
B: I’m meeting with my lawyer tomorrow for lunch, so I’m gonna find that out. I think it’s mostly because of all the legal shit. I didn’t clear the samples because I was in my fucking bedroom on Grand Street. I wasn’t going to think to call up [Delgado], I didn’t even know who it was who did that [sample]; I knew the Jayson Musson [sample]. So I found myself in that fucking pickle. Legal letters and shit. Ugh. Lawyers. So exposure-wise it was fantastic, but everything else…