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Diplo

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. ~ Cyril Cordor, Rovi
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Track List: Revolution (Single)

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Josue Lezama he gets more a** n p**sy and tits then any of us commenting, so you saying "this is bad" is probably the worst thing to say about someone who gets everything that is #swaggy or #fbgmy #diplo #revolution #comment #paragraph #summer2k14 #a** #nips #one #less #problem #iggy #ariana #grande #josue #lezama #pewdiepie
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Josue lezama diplo makes better music than you so u need to shut up
This is so bad
The remix is the same damn song as the original one
Good nigth
Good nigth
Diplo cuts it up sweet
Express yourself! Put yo back in it!
XD apparently you have to express yourself through twerking good for u XD
Do you revolution?
Follow Me And Vote For A DJs Song I Pick A Winner Please Vote Or Pass It On
Set it off
Follow Me I make Djs Competitions Best Music And You Get to Vote
Love this song :)
Why is diplo so awesome
Dirty mouth don't talk like that
Follow 4 follow
In the zone yo
Crown.....th i s song is unbelievably awesome :)
I can't wait to be king! =^~^=
Revolution remiiix biiiiitch
great song its like the revolution of music ehh get it xD
Hi guys can u plz follow me I will follow back also can u read my bio
Revolution
I know how to dance to this TRAP LIFE
I have to say this; Yes! This man is very talented but he is ALSO, fine as hell!!!
TRAP 4 LIFE BEAT HAREDEST BEAT DROPS EVER
I like how he's influenced by trap, moombahton, electro, and other genres to make sick music.
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FOLLLLOWWW MEEEEEEEEEEE E E E E E E E
Diplo is an electronic artist. He changes styles when mood suits him. To limit him to trap or dubstep is wrong. He produces quality across the board. He can drop it or atmosphere.
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yo layla i agree alex194
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this music is my life!!!!!!!! ! alex194
My song
Trap 4 life!!! I listen to this at like 4:00 in the morning getting ready for school
This is just a great trap artist! I love this DUDE TRAP4LIFE
Hi guys can u plz follow me I will follow back promise
DJ EPS is better
Cool
M Y J A M
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Awwwww shiiiiit...e a r l y morning jam
Trap is some good s**t
This song is SIIIIICCCCCC C C K K K K K K
Love trap
Diplo Is always a wonderful thing... I can listen to Diplo at any time anywhere
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