Tired: a Post Malone posse cut with Meek Mill and Lil Baby. Wired: a Post Malone posse cut featuring Halsey and Future. Inspired: a Post Malone posse cut aligning Ozzy Osbourne with Travis Scott. The blessing and the curse of Hollywood’s Bleeding is that it contains all three pairings and more. Every level of the … More »
Major Lazer has teamed up with J Balvin and El Alfa for their newest single, “Que Calor.” Major Lazer has collaborated previously with both featured artists, and the track takes inspiration from each of their home countries. It samples Toto La Momposina’s traditional Colombian-cumbia classic “Curara” and Dominican dembow rhythms. The release is ultimately a feel-good song and the perfect trigger to get the listener dancing. To accompany the single’s release, the artists have also released an energetic music video.
The video starts with J Balvin surrounded by enthusiastic dancers. The setting is muted and dark, but the video then jumps to an ornate and brighter setting. Diplo rises out of fire to join J Balvin and El Alfa on a platform surrounded by flames and dancers, creating a dynamic visual accompaniment to the dance-worthy single.
Disney’s photorealistic reboot of The Lion King may be one of the most highly anticipated cinema events of the year. In addition to all the buzz around the franchise’s 2019 reboot, the film’s star, Beyoncé has given everyone another reason to celebrate with her new companion album, The Lion King: The Gift, which features a host of supporting talent including Major Lazer on “ALREADY.”
This isn’t the first time Beyoncé and Diplo have joined forces, and based on the worldly sonic chemistry they clearly have, it likely won’t be the last. “ALREADY” finds Queen Bey vocalizing over a regal, percussive afrobeat backdrop broken up by spits from Ghanaian producer Shatta Wale. Major Lazer have long maintained how deeply African sounds influence their music—an inspiration they proudly get to showcase alongside Beyoncé on “ALREADY.”
Beyoncé and Diplo last joined forces on 2016’s year defining Lemonade, which would go on to grab nine Grammy nominations. Before that, Queen Bey famously sampled Major Lazer’s breakout “Pon De Floor” on her anthemic 2011 hit, “Run The World.” Now, the pair are reuniting once again, this time on Beyoncé’s highly anticipated Lion King: The Gift companion album with “Already.”
The new track pairs the most in-demand pop star in the world with one of the most sought-after producers in the game, for a collaboration in conjuction with arguably the most anticipated cinema event of the year. “Already” also features Ghanaian-native dancehall artist Shatta Wale. Diplo recently alluded to the collaboration via social media, and now Major Lazer has officially substantiated the news. If Diplo and Beyoncé’s track record over the last decade has proven anything, we might have a new sweeping hit on our hands. Lion King: The Gift lands in full on July 19 to coincide with The Lion King remake’s theatrical debut.
Just over a week before the upcoming installment of Mad Decent Block Party, the label/event brand took to Facebook to confirm the festival’s imminent cancellation.
The rather nebulous announcement attributes the decision to “circumstances beyond our control,” hindering organizers from throwing the festival “the way that it was envisioned.” The hallowed annual event has been a longtime vessel for Mad Decent to show off its illustrious label roster, as well as gather extraneous, up-to-date talent from across the electronic/hip-hop continuum.
This year’s July 20-21 Block Party, pegged to land in Foxborough, Massachusetts, was scheduled to see scene staple performances from the likes of REZZ, Major Lazer (which includes Mad Decent label boss, Diplo himself), RL Grime, Zeds Dead, Billie Eilish, and more across the weekend. Per the announcement, Mad Decent will be issuing refunds to all ticket-holders on or before July 12.
Major Lazer has debuted the video for their new summer single “Make It Hot” featuring Brazilian superstar Anitta. The video is in partnership with BACARDI, with the famous rum brand making several appearances throughout the feature. The song unites Spanish vocals from Anitta with the group’s dancehall-inspired signature sound, with the viewer participating in the party from the video’s onset.
Anitta speaks about the video and working with Major Lazer, noting,
“It’s amazing when you work in synergy with someone who completes you artistically, Having the opportunity to write/compose another song with Major Lazer was really special. We have developed this energy that is similar to being around family and close friends when we work together. It’s good to be able to bounce ideas off each other and that’s something that happens naturally now. I think it’s difficult for anyone to listen to this song and remain still.”
Anitta steals the show, dancing through the feature with the members of Major Lazer making cameos throughout. The video is total sensory overload, making the visuals as colorful as the sonic elements of the track, and ultimately serves as a perfect compliment to the release.
With Diplo’s signature Mad Decent Block Party just a month away, fresh material from the EDM goliath’s very own dancehall collective, Major Lazer, serves as a warm welcome to the impending festival season.
In what started as a project to repackage reggae and dancehall to the dance music masses, the Diplo-led trio—which also sports the talents of Walshy Fire and Ape Drums—has blossomed into an auditory melting pot of cultures, fusing musical and visual inspirations from around the globe. Major Lazer’s new single, “Make It Hot,” does just this, finding common ground among Eastern and Latin sound palettes all within a trudging moombahton beat.
Rio de Janeiro’s very own Anitta supplies vocals, which not only puts a much-needed sheen on the amalgamation of sounds present, but slathers the summer-ready beat with Major Lazer’s patented brand of grinding EDM swag.
Hosted at the Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts on July 20 and 21, this year’s Mad Decent Block Party is headlined by Major Lazer, Billie Eilish, G-Eazy and Miguel. Tickets to the event can be found here.
Major Lazer has been going through some lineup changes as of late — longtime member Jillionaire recently quit the group and was replaced by Ape Drums — but the Diplo-led project has been chugging along with new songs. Their last full-length was 2015’s Peace Is The Mission and there’s been a couple false … More »
Diplo, the DJ-turned-pizza-authority recently joined Barstool’s Dave Portnoy as the first electronic artist in over 600 episodes of Portnoy’s One Bite pizza reviews. In the episode, Diplo drops his review of an artisan pie from Sotto 13 in New York, while Portnoy does the same, between an anecdote involving Diplo, the cameraman and, unsurprisingly, a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit after party.
The ‘za reviews are topped with a taste of what’s to come at the Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival. Splayed across July 20-21 at the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium, this year’s outdoor party needs not an ounce of bolstering, with headliners like Billie Eilish, Miguel, and Major Lazer on the roster.
TLDR: Diplo’s final thoughts on the pizza: Mad Decent.
Tickets to the Mad Decent Block Party are available here.
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