Last week Diplo caused quite the frenzy across the web after posting his Twitter rant review of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories during his flight from Prague to Poland.
People were quite taken back by Diplo’s bold statements about the album, so he decided to follow up his review with an extremely deep Facebook rant.
Here’s what Diplo has to say:
“going on rants never works out for me but fuck it this is a long flight…
ill start with a story
My favorite poet is william blake..
When I was younger. I had one teacher that didn’t like his poetry.. her opinion was that he shouldn’t have been so revered as many had put up so high. I didn’t even understand half of what william blake wrote. But I loved the words. I loved the drawings with his poems and I loves how his sentences made me read them 4 or 5 times in a row until they jus steamrolled over my brain.. I was ride or die for william blake.. But was I gonna quit school because my teacher wasn’t.. Nope.. I wasn’t about to argue with her either. I didn’t care.. it was between me and william blake. The teachers opinion didn’t matter.
That fact that she had an opinion made my opinion more valid .. Because I made up my mind what I liked and I stood by it.. Nothing influenced me.. And I hope u guys feel the same way and also feel strong about what u believe or what u feel inside..
My all time favorite daft punk song was “make love” from the last album, not the bangers that you might expect but the subtlety of that record was amazing and i love the production on it..
the new album i do like a lot as well.. my favorite song being doing it right with panda bear i think its my favorite tune of the year so far. i quite like the album .. my twitters were sarcastic.. per usual social media to me is more of performance art.
but lemme try and explain my reviews of the album
I spent most of my life in florida..
Right now.. In my life.. I don’t want music that represents excessive blissed out easy listening. I grew up being forced to listen to hotel california..
And Im also not into the white bearded rich malibu palm tree los angeles that it paints.. LA is great because its real and gritty so that just turned me off…
I jus imagine it to be bearded white men in fancy cars and white suits being excessive … anyway I’m old… 34 years old..
When I first heard daft punk I was in my teens and going to my first parties that played dance music.. With no words.. That was new world to me.
Maybe I’m in denial because I’m old.. But this album was obviously for people that enjoy breazy walks with their pets and smoking cigarettes in malibu.. I do not. I spent most of my life in florida..making sandwiches..mowing lawns or parking motorcycles.. There wasn’t anything I hated more then the eagles and micheal mcdonald.. I wouldn’t even listen to fleetwood mac until I was 28.. An adult.. Then I got it. Eventually i even fell in love with stevie nicks..
But I have her… Lots of songs.. I don’t need daft punk remind me that I’m old. I still like to turn shit upside down and make noise..
When I make statements on twitter. I usually think they are just for myself.. but they always become rumor and gossip blog fodder.. if you know me in real life you might know I’m not a complete asshole, even though all my girlfriends all think that i am
I also know that nobody will post this letter on a news source..
But over 50 influential blogs and music wedbsites posted my twitter one liners… Within an hour Why? Because it was funny controversial and will bring readers into there site and hopefully drive up traffic. That’s pretty much what I’m good at.. being obnoxious. Making people feel one way or another. i agree with everything that daft punk said in the billboard interview…. thats exactly how i feel about mainstream edm as well.
but for some of the fans to get mad at me for having an opinion .. thats just ignorant.. I also don’t think any daft punk stans will read this.. They jus think me as a bitter dj that is jealous of daft punk. they also don’t even know my msic.. They probably only googled me and decided to write on my facebook because that’s there way of showing their love for daft punk.. I highly doubt they even thought thru my sarcasm on twitter… Pretty much 95 % of my twitter is that.. making fun of social media by using it incorrectly ..
but I am jealous of daft punk because their fans did blindly get moved and angry when someone doesn’t like their idol.. haha yeah i am! No one boycotted pitchfork or philly weekly when they trashed the last major lazer album!
where’s my navy!?! I’m joking i love bad reviews they make me work harder and think more.. even though u always risk over intellectualizing music..
So if u actually care about music not about percieved gossip and trashy blogs.. and you read through this I appreciate it. Thanks”
During his flight from Prague to Poland earlier this evening, Diplo reviewed Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories via Twitter rant. His comments and analogies are funny to say the least.. What do you think about his review?
Bye bye Prague we love you http://instagram.com/p/ZTzJKRqMmg/
This daft punk album would probably be really good to take drugs and listen to on a rainy bridge across the gulf of mexico but I dnt know
Reminds me of when I was 19 really high and listened to kid a over and over again but I don’t know if yung kids will get It
These guys are way smarter then me.I’m definitely missing something. Gonna listen to this panda bear song again 10 times brb
The song with todd edwards makes me feel like I’m alone at waffle house and the jukebox is broken and only micheal mcdonald plays
When giorgio moroder made songs he wasn’t thinking about it intellectually he was jus doin it
I think the song with julian casablancas would be better with marky mark walbergs character from boogie nights doing the vocals
This album makes me not like LA now I jus wanna hang out with mexican kids and tag ur car
Motherboard sounds like a coked up austrian guy working on chariots of fire soundtrack then got fired but I fuck with it.
The song with paul williams needs more sidechain and less ragtime barbershop quartet
This is what daft punk album sound like http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=0dTFajHVyHo …
Jus woke up in poland”
BRAND NEW FUCKING DJ FRESH FEAT. DIPLO! Just released via Facebook, DJ Fresh is back with his new single ‘Earthquake’, a collaboration between himself and Mad Decent’s Diplo. The instrumental has been out for quite some time but now the track features the vocal talents of Dominique Young Unique. This track is a definite head banger! Right from the beginning the song “drops like an earthquake”. Currently featured on Zane Lowe’s BBC evening radio show as the Hottest Record in the world right now, this is sure to be a festival trap classic this year! You can catch Zane’s show Monday through Thursday 7 P.M. to 9 P.M.
Thirty three high school media students at Scripps Ranch High School here in San Diego have been suspended after allegedly using school equipment to film a “twerking” video. These suspended seniors may also be banned from attending prom and graduation.
“Suspended, banned from prom, and prevented from walking at graduation all because of an awesome twerk video,” tweeted one student, according to NBC 7. “I don’t understand.”
Another suspended student tweeted: “Suspended for twerking. What do I do? Twerk. At the beach. I twerk at the beach.”
The news is not all bad, though. LED Presents, a production company here in San Diego posted on Facebook earlier today “LED presents is extending free tickets to the suspended ‘Twerk Team’ from Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego to see Diplo at My Life Every Day USA.”
The students over eighteen will be able to go see Diplo, the mastermind behind the song and viral music video “Express Yourself” live in concert on May 26 at the Valley View Casino Center.
Supporters of the San Diego twerkers have also been voicing their disbelief along with the hashtags “#freethetwerkteam” & “#expelyourself”.
If you were one of the students involved in this, shoot us a tweet or Facebook comment and receive a FREE gear package compliments of TSS! Nicely done.
— d?p?o (@diplo) May 2, 2013
Source: NBC San Diego
After recently forming the powerhouse duo Dog Blood with Boys Noize and tearing up Ultra & Coachella over the past two months with their genre-defying live sets, Skrillex is back at it again this time teaming up with Diplo to form another jaw-dropping duo known as Jack U. Everyone has been wondering about this mysterious name headlining the Mad Decent Block Parties, and after much confusion, Diplo cleared the matter up on Twitter.
Witnessing what Dog Blood can do first hand at Coachella, we’re extremely excited to see what this insane fusion of sound will be able to do in 2013. What do you think of this new project? Will it live up to expectations? We think so.
Jack u… Means skrillex+diplo together..
— d?p?o (@diplo) April 30, 2013
Bird Peterson, the master of all genres is back at it again, this time with a remix of the tune ‘Playground’ off of Major Lazer’s latest album ‘Free The Universe’. Bird Peterson does what he’s best at on this one making a trunk rumbling trap remix of that Major Lazer sound, and despite its chill vibes, this song still definitely slaps. Go grab this one for free and support the genius behind not only Bird Peterson but Drakenstein as well!
Major Lazer – Playground (Bird Peterson Remix) | Download |
I can’t begin to express how long I’ve been waiting for this day. Finally we have the new Major Lazer album in all it’s glory after pushed release dates, a lot of stress and the Lazer Strikes Back EPs. It’s hard to believe it’s been four years since we last had a full length Major Lazer album and now that Diplo’s revised the roster to feature Walshy Fire and Jillionaire, I really hope they’re able to bang out more music. Now, if you’re asking yourself who Major Lazer is then you’ve been missing out on some of the craziest music around and in a recent interview with Rolling Stone Diplo elaborates a little more on the Major Lazer’s style.
Major Lazer has always been a hybrid of futuristic and old, classic styles, I didn’t put any giant pop records on there – it’s a little more unique. Six of the songs are rootsy, six are clubby, and three are outer-space records that I don’t know what they are.
The hype generated around this album is crazy, and the trio has aced it. You’ll already recognize tracks on here like ‘Get Free’ and ‘Jah No Partial’, and any hardcore reggae and dance hall fans out there will appreciate the legendary talents of Johnny Osborne, Typhoon, Shaggy, Vybz Kartel, and more. One of the most respectable things about Major Lazer is that they feature a wide variety of artists, and love to get into collaborations to draw inspiration from which leads to these unique fusions of sound that shows their versatility as producers. In this album there’s something for everyone; electro, dubstep, moombahton, hip-hop, soul, each tying back to the Jamaican, reggae roots that Major Lazer is all about.
I’ve made enough songs about getting money or fucking bitches,” Diplo says. “You always have to evolve – the minute you start building a moat around you to keep yourself safe, you’re going to lose. Some songs are going to be about bubble butts, but now it’s time to build in messages, too.
You’re No Good
The album opens with ‘You’re No Good’, featuring dance hall legends Santigold and Vybz Kartel, with very solid, anticipating drums, with a much calmer tone than you’d expect from the Major Lazer team, building up as a prelude to the album, and you immediately know what to expect from the album.
Jet Blue Jet
For the next track Diplo brings back GTA after creating ‘Boy Oh Boy’ a few weeks back to create the track ‘Jet Blue Jet’. Now on this track you can instantly hear the GTA influence in the drop, and with the dance hall roots held down by Leftside, as well as Razz & Biggy, it sets up very hype vibes with a massive, bouncy beat.
We’re no stranger to this track. It’s received countless remixes through the Lazer Strikes Back EPs and it still stands as a very moving track, featuring the more spiritual side of Major Lazer, through some pretty spacey vocals from Amber (from Dirty Projectors), the track is able to captivate more of the Jamaican roots the group holds.
Jah No Partial
Completely shifting gears from the previous track, this high energy track with Flux Pavillion hops straight into monstrous waves of reggae infused dubstep. If you’ve seen Major Lazer play this live then you already know how crazy this track is, and the tradition ML have established.
This one delves a little deeper into the roots of Major Lazer, creating a deeper track with a big drum beat and features Elephant Man and Opal. The track still maintains the ML pace with a massive, industrial electronic hook and a big vocal feature.
Actually, this is exactly what you would expect from a Peaches and Major Lazer track. Kinda has an old school feel to it. Maybe not a festival track but still something I’ll be listening to and jamming.
This right here is quite possibly my favourite track on the entire album. ‘Jessica’ is another spiritual track, this time featuring the lead member of Vampire Weekend. Now normally I wouldn’t dream in a thousand years of these two being paired up, but as usual, Major Lazer defies all genres, standards, and expectations with a moving track.
Watch Out For This (Bumaye)
This song needs no description. Probably the best hype up song in the game forever and always. It’s impossible to not want to move, jump around and shake to BUMAYE! I’ve witnessed this song make crowds go absolutely bonkers and it’s probably the best song on the album.
Shaggy. That is all. Like where has this dude been!? Leave it to Major Lazer to go ALL OUT on this album and dig deep for artists you would never expect to be on the same track. Absolutely amazed by this song, the lyrics are beautiful and make you want to hug someone, but the beat is so energetic at the same time.
Featuring Laidback Luke, I knew this was gonna be a massive track before I even hit play. With vocals from Ms. Dynamite this track gives you the best of dance hall and dirty dutch, making an impeccable combination. Major Lazer did an excellent job with this track to make it a crowd pumper.
Reach For The Stars
You just knew this was going to be a feel good track with the title and featured artists, Wyclef. I’m honestly surprised the two parties haven’t collaborated more to be honest. Hopefully this is the begining of more songs from them in the future.
I just love seeing girls dance to this. Truly a booty shaking anthem. Diplo and Major Lazer know how to make music to please all the senses, including the ears and eyes at the same time. Not to mention, throwing Bruno Mars, Tyga and Mystic on this is an absolute power move!
Mashup The Dance
After creating their massive track ‘Original Don’ with The Partysquad, it was only right to bring them back for the full album. The instrumental alone creates a big, energetic piece with a repetitive hook from Ward 21.
A much slower paced Major Lazer song but still an amazing track. While maintaining the tropical and Reggae tone, Playground provides a more chill vibe that you can still nod your head to. The lyrics throw you in a trance while the beat overcomes your mind.
Jah No Partial (Skream Remix)
This one snuck up on me, I did not see a Skream remix coming until I picked up the album this morning. From one of the true pioneers of dubstep, Skream brings us a big, grimy remix that perfectly compliments the original with the UK bass god.
Jah No Partial (Heroes x Villains Remix)
I LOVE Heros x Villians. These guys produce some of the best Trap in the game and this is probably the best Jah No Partial Remix out there. Absolutely slams. Even though I will always stand by the original track, this is a close second.
Get Free (feat. Amber of Dirty Projectors) [What So Not Remix]
Same pace, more bass, harder drop. I dig it. Get Free is a perfect chill track but add in a little harder of drop and something you can bang to and you have the perfect remix. What So Not nailed this one.
Major Lazer – Free The Universe | iTunes |
1. “You’re No Good” (feat. Santigold, Vybz Kartel, Danielle Haim and Yasmin)
2. “Jet Blue Jet” (feat. Leftside, GTA, Razz and Biggy)
3. “Get Free” (feat. Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors)
4. “Jah No Partial” (feat. Flux Pavilion)
5. “Wind Up” (feat. Elephant Man and Opal)
6. “Scare Me” (feat. Peaches and Timberlee)
7. “Jessica” (feat. Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend)
8. “Bumaye (Watch Out for This)” (feat. Busy Signal and Flexican)
9. “Keep Cool” (feat. Shaggy and Wynter Gordon)
10. “Sweat” (feat. Laidback Luke and Ms. Dynamite)
11. “Reach for the Stars” (feat. Wyclef Jean)
12. “Bubble Butt” (feat. Bruno Mars, Tyga and Mystic)
13. “Mashup the Dance” (feat. the Partysquad and Ward 21)
14. “Playground” (feat. Bugle and Arama)
15. “Jah No Partial” (feat. Flux Pavillion) [Skream Remix]
16. “Jah No Partial” (feat. Flux Pavilion) [Heroes x Villains Remix]
17. “Get Free” (feat. Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors) [What So Not Remix]
So Free The Universe is now less than a week away and we can’t wait for the full album. In the meantime the Lazer squad just dropped the music video for their massive single ‘Bumaye’, on Potato TV. Make sure to pre-order the album and get ready to free the universe at last. We’ll be doing a colossal album review on Tuesday so stay tuned!
Major Lazer – Watch Out Fi Dis (Bumaye) (Official Music Video) | iTunes |
While I’ve given up on trying to classify Diplo’s tracks under a genre, they still bang. On this track not only does Diplo drop lines, but this track with TAI is an absolute killer! I can’t even bring myself to comprehend how much of an idol Diplo is to me and now that I know he has the ability to rap over his tracks is absolute perfection. This one pretty much came out of nowhere but hit up the free download and enjoy the rest of your Mondays!
TAI & Diplo – Booty Drop | Download |
Diplo just released yesterday a short documentary called “Trap Hawk Down” on YouTube via. the ‘Potato” channel which is a new electronic music network curated by himself (Diplo) , A-Trak, and Skrillex. The video travels with him as he does 4 shows within one night which is done possible by a helicopter. Diplo never disappoints live and this video is full of some great bassy tracks full of, of course, 808 kicks, subs, deep sounds, and drops that make you want to lose it. Check it out and let us know what you think!