Litefeet History Pt. 1

The Harlem Shake Movement – 1999-2005

The Harlem Shake has its own dance history and music (separate from Litefeet). However, the dances and original feeling of Litefeet were created during the Harlem Shake Movement.

AL B (aka. “AL Cisco”) is known as one of the originators of the Harlem Shake. In the mid and late 1990’s he was popular for a few of his original dances (including the Harlem Shake) he would do during the half time of the basketball games that were held at Rucker Park Basketball Court in Harlem, NY. Though he is not the only person responsible for its creation, people recognize him as the creator of the Harlem Shake.

The Harlem Shake was mainly done at basketball courts in Harlem like Rucker Park, and clubs in the Bronx such as Skate Key and Scream.

Around the same time, a group of young men from Harlem and The Bronx known as the Go Crazy Boyz created their own version of the Harlem Shake. Members included Smiley, Motion, Dirty Kirk, No Bones and M5. They are known as the original Harlem shakers and were featured in videos with known Hip-Hop artists such as Eve, G. Dep, Puff Daddy, Swizz Beatz, Jadakiss and Ron Browz.  Examples of these videos include Eve’s “Who’s That Girl”, G. Dep’s “Special Delivery” and “Let’s Get it” as well as “Put Ya Hands up” by Jadakiss.

While Al B is more known for popularizing the Harlem shake as a dance move, the Go Crazy Boyz are known as the creators of the actual dance style.

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