LINK IN BIO... Jesse "Smiley" Rutland is one of the original members of the Harlem based, 4 man dance crew known as the Crazy Boyz. Which grew to be hundreds of members over the years.
More popularly known for spreading the Harlem Shake dance craze around the world via him and his dance crew touring around the globe with Ruff Ryders top selling female artist "Eve" performing the Harlem Shake Live to Eve's hit song "Who's That Girl". Jesse went on to choreograph the hit song "Now Let's Get It" for Bad Boy Records CEO Sean P-diddy Combs where the Harlem Shake became internationally famous. Jesse toured China creating Dance DVD's of him and his crew doing the Harlem Shake. From there the culture spread like wildfire all throughout China where the dance craze is energetically performed regularly.
Jesse was senselessly murdered in his home by an unknown assailant with his children just a few feet away. His 6 year old son attempted to revive his dad to no avail then ran to get help from a neighbor. Jesse is survived by his Wife and 2 children ages 5 and 6.
The Dance World, always known for supporting their own, was the passion and life blood of "Smiley", Jesse Rutland. He would never hesitate to bring the youth to the forefront by constantly creating pathways for them to reach their dreams. He created programs for wayward youth, speaking at schools and local churches. He taught many young people their potential and opened doors for the Harlem Shake to remain alive and culturally recognized as Harlems own. The dance is enshrined in Museums, Fitness gyms, Comedy's and Churches all for various reasons. Jesse worked hard to keep "Dance" up front and center in the entertainment world. He never got his just due. He reinvigorated the Harlem Shake when it was being culturally gentrified. He was for the youth and dreamed big.
Jesse is no longer with us but he deserves a proper burial and his children deserve to have a happy Christmas in spite of losing their Dad. He put his money into the youth many times covering expenses, paying for studio time and booking gigs for anyone and everyone to get their name out there and get noticed.
He is a Harlem Dance Legend, a Skatekey
This is still hard for me to believe I have to put Rest In Peace with your name behind it. You are one of the people who turned on the light for me in this industry. @gregoryrobinsonjd brought me in and started me off, and when he moved he put you to take his place. You two believed in me and are the reasons why I can do an interview by myself and move the way I do because you pushed me. Jesse you were always full of ideas and energy, you could barely sit still whenever you had something you wanted to work on, you never took No for an answer, you were persistent and would just find another way. Whenever you had a new idea you would tell me and give me the option to be apart of it because you always believed that I could do more than what I felt I could. I remember a few years back me, you and @bangcopopular sitting in my dad’s house working on this tour situation to the crack of ass in the morning and although things didn’t go as planned I wouldn’t take that shit back because I was still able to learn from it. When you started doing music a few months ago you sent me the tracks and me @wadetherapper came to the studio and you was driving us crazy lol but that was just you being passionate about your craft and the plans you had around it. Jesse you was my big bro/ My Sag Bro Cuz our bdays were days apart, you had a big heart and wanted to do so much I just can’t believe this happened, I just thought we had more time. I love you and my prayers are with your family especially your wife and kids. I will never forget you or the things you’ve done for me Sleep Easy Bro @jessejamesmusiq#GoCrazyBoys#OriginalHarlemShakers#Smiley#RIPJesse