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Express Yourself - EP, Diplo

Diplo

November 30th, -0001

Birth Name:
Wesley Pentz,

Born:
Tupelo, MS

Genre:
Dance

Years Active:
'00s, '10s






Diplo

Biography

One thing of which Diplo (aka Diplodocus, Wes Diplo, and Wes Gully) cannot be accused is being afraid to experiment with new music. With his mash-up mixtapes, he found and created a sound where his musical tastes — '80s pop, electronica, Dirty South hip-hop, and his major influence, Miami bass music — intersect. His attention-grabbing projects Hollertronix, with partner DJ Low Budget, and the Piracy Funds Terrorism, Vol. 1 mixtape, with elusive British-Sri Lankan MC M.I.A., made a heavy impact on the alternative electro-pop scene, amassing him rave reviews from music critics and indie kids alike, including Spin magazine, which named him DJ of the Year in 2005.. One thing of which Diplo (aka Diplodocus, Wes Diplo, and Wes Gully) cannot be accused is being afraid to experiment with new music. With his mash-up mixtapes, he found and created a sound where his musical tastes — '80s pop, electronica, Dirty South hip-hop, and his major influence, Miami bass music — intersect. His attention-grabbing projects Hollertronix, with partner DJ Low Budget, and the Piracy Funds Terrorism, Vol. 1 mixtape, with elusive British-Sri Lankan MC M.I.A., made a heavy impact on the alternative electro-pop scene, amassing him rave reviews from music critics and indie kids alike, including Spin magazine, which named him DJ of the Year in 2005.

Diplo was born Thomas Wesley Pentz in Tupelo, MS. Although he lived in a few different cities in the South, he mainly grew up in South Florida. He spent his youth in his father's bait shop, fixated on manatees, alligators, and dinosaurs with hopes of becoming a paleontologist. However, he wound up pursuing an education in film studies, starting at a couple Florida colleges but then finishing up his undergraduate degree in Philadelphia at Temple University in 2003. Before his move to Philadelphia, Pentz had moved temporarily to Japan to escape daily life in America. From Japan, he sent a demo tape of his beat concoctions to Will Ashon, founder of U.K. independent hip-hop label Big Dada Records, and once signed to the label, he relocated to Philadelphia.

To support himself, during and after graduating from Temple, Pentz took on a few different jobs in Philadelphia: social worker, after-school mentor, movie theater employee, and gig-by-gig DJ. He was barely able to pay the rent, and the frustration was stunting his musical development (although he does credit one of his musical epiphanies to the after-school students who exposed him to crunk and Baltimore club music). Thus, Diplo and like-minded DJ Low Budget pooled their resources to start up their own club nights in Philadelphia, which they branded Hollertronix. It simply began as a fun night of genre-warping dance music, but it blossomed into an underground subculture drawing out crowds from all over the East Coast. Under the Hollertronix moniker, Diplo and Budget released the highly praised Never Scared mixtape; it was listed as one of The New York Times' top albums of 2003.

The following year, Big Dada released Diplo's solo debut album, Florida, a more downtempo piece focusing on melody and instrumentals that was a departure from the melee of mashed-up vocals and beats. His unrelenting work ethic produced a considerable number of acclaimed mix CDs and 12" records; however, none of them accumulated more interest and Internet chatter than the 2004 Piracy Funds Terrorism, Vol. 1 mixtape that introduced M.I.A. outside of U.K. borders. Developing a yearning to produce more worldly music, he also began to throw his energy behind the Brazilian youth- and street-based music known as funk carioca (also referred to as baile funk), a derivation of Miami bass music. So, it was no surprise that when he established his own label, Mad Decent Records, around 2005, his first signee was the funk carioca group Bondo do Role. In 2009, the label signed a distribution deal with Fontana and Downtown Records. Their first collaborative release was by Major Lazer, a fictional Jamaican bounty hunter that was the brainchild of Diplo and DJ Switch. Major Lazer’s debut album, Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do, appeared in 2009, the same year as the Diplo remix collection Decent Work for Decent Pay: Selected Works, Vol. 1. In 2010, Mad Decent began their Blow Your Head compilation series with the unmixed collection Blow Your Head: Diplo Presents Dubstep.

Top Albums

Express Yourself - EP, Diplo
1. Express Your..
Revolution EP, Diplo
2. Revolution E..
Live Session (iTunes Exclusive) - EP, Diplo
3. Live Session..
Express Yourself (feat. Nicky da B) - EP, Diplo
4. Express Your..
Florida, Diplo
5. Florida
Express Yourself Remix EP, Diplo
6. Express Your..
Decent Work for Decent Pay, Diplo
7. Decent Work ..
Pick Your Poison Remixes (feat. Kay) - EP, Diplo
8. Pick Your Po..
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9. C'mon (Catch..
Bust a Move (12" Remixes) - EP, Young MC
10. Bust a Move ..
Go (Remixes), Diplo
11. Go (Remixes)
Que Que Remixes (feat. Maluca) - EP, Dillon Francis
12. Que Que Remi..
Make You Pop (Remixes) - EP, Diplo
13. Make You Pop..
Hey, Laidback Luke
14. Hey
Epistomology - EP, Diplo
15. Epistomology..
Newsflash - EP, Diplo
16. Newsflash - ..
Make You Pop (Remixes), Diplo
17. Make You Pop..
U Don't Like Me - EP, Diplo
18. U Don't Like..
Boy Oh Boy - Single, Diplo
19. Boy Oh Boy -..
Earthquake (feat. Dominique Young Unique) - Single, DJ Fresh
20. Earthquake (..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
Boy Oh BoyBoy Oh Boy - Single2:54$1.29
2.
Earthquake (feat. Dominique Young Un..Earthquake (feat. Dominique..3:10$1.29
3.
Revolution (feat. Faustix & Iman..Revolution EP4:23$1.29
4.
Express Yourself (feat. Nicky da B)Express Yourself (feat. Nic..4:37$0.99
5.
Crown (feat. Boaz van de Beatz, Mike..Revolution EP3:52$1.29
6.
Express Yourself (Gent & Jawns R..All Trap Music, Vol. 22:51$1.29
7.
C'mon (Tiësto vs. Diplo)C'mon (Tiësto vs. Dipl..5:14$0.99
8.
Biggie Bounce (feat. Angger Dimas &a..Revolution EP3:44$1.29
9.
Set It Off (feat Lazerdisk Party Sex..Express Yourself - EP4:00$1.29
10.
Revolution (feat. Faustix & Iman..Revolution EP4:26$1.29
11.
Bueller (feat. Whiskey Pete) [Vocal ..Jeffree's, Vol. 53:50$1.29
12.
Express Yourself (feat. Nicky Da B)Express Yourself - EP4:37$1.29
13.
U Don't Like Me (Datsik Remix) (..Blow Your Head: Diplo Prese..4:41$0.99
14.
Move Around (feat. Elephant Man &..Express Yourself - EP3:14$1.29
15.
Butters Theme (feat. Billy the Gent ..Express Yourself - EP4:26$1.29
16.
Biggie Bounce (feat. Angger Dimas &a..Revolution EP3:43$1.29
17.
C'mon (Catch 'Em By Surprise..C'mon (Catch 'Em By..3:32$0.99
18.
Keep It GullyKeep It Gully - Single3:43$1.29
19.
Barely Standing (feat. Datsik & ..Express Yourself - EP4:42$1.29
20.
Pick Your Poison (feat. Kay)Pick Your Poison (feat. Kay..5:39$0.99
21.
Frosty Bounce (feat. Angger Dimas &a..Very Decent Christmas1:44$1.29
22.
California Soul (Diplo / Mad Decent ..California Soul (Remixed) -..4:07$1.29
23.
Earthquake (TC Remix) [feat. Dominiq..Drum & Bass Arena Winte..3:47$1.29
24.
Must Be a DevilLive Session (iTunes Exclus..6:32$0.99
25.
Dat a Freak (feat. TT The ARTIST &am..Keep It Gully - Single3:16$1.29

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