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The Viral Mastermind Behind The Harlem Shake Meme Wrote An Album About Heartbreak (HBO)

December 14, 2019


You look stupid. Everyone else thinks you look stupid. God thinks you look stupid. Stop it! I’m takin’ you to flavortown ~ If you spend enough time on the Internet you’ve probably come into contact with Filthy Frank. *DEATH BY PAN* He ‘s the guy that started the “Harlem Shake” craze. *The Harlem Shake* And he’s even released a parody rap album under the name “Pink Guy” that reached number one in the Billboard Comedy chart and top 10 in hip hop. “I hope you fuckin’ die in a high-speed car crash” “I hope you fuckin’ fall head first and get your neck cracked” He’s pulled in over 800 million YouTube views ― all from behind a laptop in his bedroom. Do you have a favorite “Pink Guy” track? I do, yeah. It’s… it’s… it’s the one, that I… I made… in… Japanese. So why is this your favourite song? Just cuz… it’s just… you know, it’s my… it’s my… native… childhood tongue. It brings me back to… my childhood — When I used to make songs like this. * “JOJI – WILL HE” playing* In real life, Frank isn’t all that filthy. He grew up in Japan and came to the US to go to college. And after blowing up and becoming an internet anti-hero (Stand by!) Frank isn’t around all that much any more. And as of this week ― he’s trying to turn over a new leaf. (Roll!) (Camera!) Today, he releases his first album under his real name: “Joji”. It’s full of songs about love and break-ups. (Action!) When he’s not making videos, he likes to hang out in this make-shift Zen garden he built in Brooklyn. You have… this fan base… that knows and loves you, as “Filthy Frank”. The student gets thrown up on — and right now, you want to make music, which is not really related to that… Yeah! Is it… hard to deal with people, who really just see you, as… “Filthy Frank”? And they just want more
“Filthy Frank”? Back when I was too afraid to make the transition it was… it was a genuine concern. I was under the impression, that… you know, that was… that was my… that was my pinnacle. It’s your peak. It’s my opus! It’s my opus ― like… I’m gonna be… yelling on the internet! Making… semi-valid points here and there. You know, I thought that was… like I was depressed that that was gonna be it. I fell into that pit for about a year where I was just like… pumping out shit out of fear. A few years ago Joji uploaded a video where he broke character. I have some news for all of you… He explained that he developed an illness that gave him stress-induced seizures. But a few days later he deleted the video. It’s still hard for him to talk about. I have a little brain thing that I have to… I gotta take medication like twice a day for it. I realized you know, I’m not as invincible, as… as I used to be. I just kind of strayed away from stuff that… that had conflict in general. What did it take for you to get that… I guess “confidence”? That… Okay, you know ― “I want to do this now”. Forget what anybody who doubts me says, or forget, forget the own doubt that I have. I’m worried — There’s always that doubt. Did this won’t work out? Yeah. But also at the same time… At least I tried, you know. That’s… that’s really what matters to me. The new songs about heartbreak are pulling in millions of streams. Some people miss those old videos. But Joji’s managed to find a fan base that supports him either way. Thank you, man. Oh, shit! So when’d you start fishing? Just like… with friends in… in Japan, when I was younger… There ‘s a lot going on, on the… on the internet that, uh… no pun intended, but I don’t subscribe to that sort of behavior. We have all this! Why am I getting heated on the Internet? You know what I mean? Oh, this is a big one! That actually looks pretty convincing. I think — I think it’s a Marlin! Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on!

100 Comments

  • Reply VICE News December 12, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    VICE News hung out with Filthy Frank for a day to see if he’ll be able to make the transition from video troll to true artist.
    WATCH NEXT: Exiled Chinese Billionaire Uses Youtube To Wage A War On Corruption – http://bit.ly/2klZzAe

  • Reply Some Yeeter On The Block August 1, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    "I have a little brain thing" he seems like the most chill guy I'm every room.

  • Reply Danilo Ribeiro August 1, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    Never met your heroes

  • Reply Aliengirlfromjamaica August 4, 2019 at 6:53 am

    Do the Harlem shake.

  • Reply Luisrules4ever August 5, 2019 at 4:25 am

    What that song on 4:20

  • Reply Choera Chumn August 6, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Hey, papa frank why'd u leave us?

  • Reply Clorox Bleach August 8, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Anyone else feel genuine sadness to know he will never come back?

  • Reply Azi August 8, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    I Miss pink guy so much

  • Reply arabella August 9, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    I love you George

  • Reply the_official _Lexicon August 10, 2019 at 1:26 am

    "In real life filthy frank isn't so filthy"

  • Reply Bvgthor August 10, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Still remember the day this interview dropped. I’m so proud of how far Joji's come. He really is the best.

  • Reply Józef Stalin August 12, 2019 at 2:56 am

    this man will be remembered as master of all memes

  • Reply Turntech Incorporated August 12, 2019 at 6:12 am

    He’s so pure

  • Reply Oky Bagus August 14, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Did he get the fish?

  • Reply Fapd August 14, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Joji Miller siapanya Miller Khan? Kok mirip

  • Reply Telemon August 16, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    we have learned a lot from this man

  • Reply Miguel Aguirre August 19, 2019 at 5:44 am

    This is like seeing your drunk friend all sobered up

  • Reply Masashi Iino August 19, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    He still likes his セックス大好き song.

  • Reply debby febriany August 19, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    One think for sure
    I am glad I never know pinkguy and filthyfrank

  • Reply NYNJ Inc August 21, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Only thing you catch off of Brooklyn are Coney Island Whiting. All the old school people know what I'm talking about. ?

  • Reply Nalini Philips August 21, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Jojo: it's a marlin yay

    Franky: Marlins are gay???

  • Reply sushi-,love August 23, 2019 at 3:54 am

    1:20 juzt cuzzz ?

  • Reply old soul August 23, 2019 at 10:09 am

    papa is mf thicc

  • Reply SilentAnonymity August 23, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    For those of y'all who don't fish: there was no fish. T'was a rock.

    Thanks for coming to my TED Talk.

  • Reply Erzsi Tunya August 24, 2019 at 6:17 am

    I love Joji, not Filthy Frank, not Pink Guy, but the real pure joji and not all of these internet personas that he portrayed or acted in the past.

  • Reply Sky Raven August 27, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    I still wanna know if they caught the fish

  • Reply the casual gamer September 1, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Joji is lit ngl… i mean yeah, filthy frank was cool but hey… either way hes lit

  • Reply Kazuma Kiryu September 2, 2019 at 3:25 am

    He’s better normal

  • Reply Everything Wrong September 2, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Damn his voice was so fucked up im glad he found out what makea him happy

  • Reply myra September 2, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    His voice doesn't sound deep in here?

  • Reply THEALEX THEALEX September 4, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    We need gorge not frank either way this man will have my support for as long as my heart beats???

  • Reply makaan1932 September 6, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    The song in the beginning, I just listened to that before clicking on this video

  • Reply Hanna Cemara Gitana September 6, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    "Today, he releases his first album under his real name: Joji"
    lmao get your facts right his real name is George Miller
    GEORGE
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    It's prounounced as Joji in Japan

  • Reply Poonis PNG September 7, 2019 at 4:35 am

    Nothing can Replace frank and the likelihood of him coming back is less than 1%. We’ll miss ya frank

  • Reply Deez_Nuts? September 8, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    "Filthy Frank is the embodiment of everything a person should not be." Excuse me?

  • Reply may September 11, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    wholesome ending :3

  • Reply mahesa rendy September 17, 2019 at 10:06 am

    88 rising give joji new life..

  • Reply Jonathan Mangila September 18, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Joji?

  • Reply Cool Runnings 1911 September 19, 2019 at 4:25 am

    OMG his real music is really good.

  • Reply Bee Moriondo September 19, 2019 at 7:51 am

    I don't know with you guys but Joji is a cutie! He's too attractive ??

  • Reply raditya raditya September 19, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    He's genius

  • Reply Ravi Silva September 19, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    who is the cutie at 1:32 i'm in love

  • Reply sav September 19, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    fucking king.

  • Reply shizukagozen777 September 20, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    That place looks so dirty I bet he caught a shoes like in old cartoons. ????

  • Reply Nhox Kid September 22, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Dancing in the dark-joji

  • Reply Flantauiza September 23, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    my man wearing the etikcut

  • Reply Chancla Man September 26, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Why is this the only interview where joji actually mentions filthyfrank. This is my favorite interview for that reason.

  • Reply Giane Ira Tiongco September 26, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    This is the reason why I love Joji

  • Reply Ryan Anderson September 29, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    How dose filthy frank not mean what he ses? He makes to good of a point about stuff, that it makes to mutch sence not to be a joke. Lol and why didnt we get to see the fish at the end of the video?? WTF bro!

  • Reply leeshOxox September 29, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    I love you George ❤️

  • Reply Luke Nester September 30, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    I would like him better if he talked in a normal voice

  • Reply A n d y S October 1, 2019 at 3:51 am

    Papa Franku…. you’ll forever be in our hearts even though you’re gone.

  • Reply tizo86 October 1, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Fav

  • Reply Mariam Dobbin-Shirvani October 2, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Omg I had no fucking idea he was Joji. Amazing.

  • Reply cosmic October 2, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    He's so cute in this video omg it's overwhelming

  • Reply Bruh Bruh October 5, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Honestly I'm so happy for Joji. I love his YouTube content but I also really love his music

  • Reply Talentless Potato October 6, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Is it bad that I like joji better than filthy frank I mean I like it when he was filthy frank and started seeing him as filthy frank before he was doing serious music as joji but I seemed to like his serious music more

  • Reply Apenas Um Solitário October 6, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Esse cara é muito foda. Conheci ele quando ainda fazia vídeos para o Filthy Frank, fico muito feliz de ver oque ele se tornou. As músicas sempre foram demais, do Pink Guy, do Frank e do Joji

  • Reply mark navarro October 6, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    As long as you eat the whole ass

  • Reply DieserMichel October 6, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    "at least I tried"

  • Reply Salt October 8, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Wow it's been a year but I still don't know if they caught the fish or not

  • Reply Leeroy 14R October 14, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Filthy stopped me from ending it all, IAM going back in time and get a clone of him change his environment to stay as filthy Frank? THEN I LOVE SEKUSU

  • Reply SenPiePat October 18, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Love you fafa franku

  • Reply Mhao Yeager October 20, 2019 at 1:02 am

    Pink BOiiiiiiiii

  • Reply N0MAD1C B1TCH October 20, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    That's one of the many things I like about Joji. I have seizures and have to take meds twice a day as well so I love when there's artists I can relate to (even tho it's not a fun thing to rellate on)

  • Reply Prince [GD] October 21, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    the ending is so sweet idk whh

  • Reply HeHoZy October 22, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Just the fact that he had the courage to follow his own path, even if that involved dropping something succesful makes me respect him alot.

  • Reply carl james October 22, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    You should make an hour long interview with joji. Im a bit dissapointed, but this will do.. for now.

  • Reply Dominique Z October 23, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    joji is a personal hero

  • Reply zeuz October 25, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Read the description so you guys understand why he left filthyfrank channel behind

  • Reply Honey Lyly October 26, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    IN THE DAAAAAARRKKKKKK

  • Reply Concrete Slav October 27, 2019 at 4:34 am

    "its my opus"

    Guess he's proud to be the sir francis of the filth.

  • Reply unknown incognito November 2, 2019 at 4:21 am

    ….am i the only one who wants a 24 hour live stream of just Joji talking about his whole life?……

  • Reply mauthel. November 2, 2019 at 6:26 am

    i cried.

  • Reply I vVvVvVv VvVvVv November 2, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Ilove joji ilove pink guy

  • Reply BTS IS LITT November 6, 2019 at 6:56 am

    joji better not die

  • Reply Christopher Hill November 7, 2019 at 3:05 am

    I havah da cansah bowsss

  • Reply Joshua Zavada November 7, 2019 at 5:52 am

    he's such a sweetheart man

  • Reply ً November 8, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Papa Frank or Joji, I really don't care.

    I just enjoy viewing George Miller.

  • Reply Commander Hessonite November 9, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    when he said "no pun intended" it really felt like he changed for good and his frank character is truly deAd

    Am i overthinking or something?

  • Reply justin h November 12, 2019 at 2:51 am

    This dudes hair gets taller every time I see him on video… and equally as funny lookin.

  • Reply Loyal To fuhrer Deathsquad SS November 12, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Joji is not real pink guy is

  • Reply uriNATE14 November 13, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Joji is such a real guy u can just tell. I love that he’s been able to transition to something that makes him so happy even if all the toxic old fans hate it and would rather a dude sacrifice his health and happiness for their own enjoyment.

  • Reply Lustre GLT November 14, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    CHEF???!!??

  • Reply Mr Krabs November 19, 2019 at 6:13 am

    "at least I tried"

  • Reply Jerah Chalamet November 19, 2019 at 11:27 am

    4:48 such an adorable guy

  • Reply LegendKiller November 25, 2019 at 7:49 am

    Where the fish tho

  • Reply Rifky Channel November 25, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Rip CAPTAIN J.O.J.I

  • Reply Essentially Retro November 26, 2019 at 8:33 am

    "It brings me back to my childhood" ….?? when I made music ok lol ??

  • Reply Twin Blade November 26, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Oh frank, you have come so far… where so proud of you… let pink man watch over you…

  • Reply lucyfer November 29, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Wait but I actually want to see what miller caught

  • Reply Movie's Twipra November 29, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Somewhere i feel he's lonely Inside.

  • Reply Chris Hernandez December 1, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    This is was some good heart warming content

  • Reply Mr Clod December 1, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Internet anti Hero ? Don’t you mean internet Super Hero ?

  • Reply John December 4, 2019 at 1:17 am

    I always go back to this video whenever I miss filthyfrank. I always remind myself that Joji is in a better place and he is happy and I should respect that. He makes good music and he's really talented.

  • Reply Nimpson Kinkson December 7, 2019 at 10:04 am

    It worked out

  • Reply AlUniverse6 December 9, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    This vid make me cry

  • Reply 37 years old December 12, 2019 at 1:48 am

    y he keep calling him frank

  • Reply Abby Pizano December 12, 2019 at 5:27 am

    im so in love with joji

  • Reply Ayano Aishi December 12, 2019 at 5:39 am

    Idk why but he sounds so weird

    I love it

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