Diplo teamed up Yellow Claw and LNY TN this week to release the video for “Techno” featuring Waka Flocka Flame, and it’s much darker than what we’re used to seeing from the Mad Decent label head.
The clip follows the path of a batch of drugs—from creation to seller to user to (spoiler alert!) death. For as long as there have been festivals and concerts there have been drug-related deaths, but perhaps this PSA was inspired by the particularly heavy dose of fatalities the past few summers have suffered (the Mad Decent Block Party suffered two).
On the live music front, the Mad Decent crew got together for one last blow out before they head to their November boat party by curating the Mad Decent Stage at Georgia’s TomorrowWorld’s festival on Saturday. Much of the show was live-streamed on YouTube; Diplo’s set is available below.
Aside from that, his Vegas residency, his radio shows, and the announcement that Major Lazer would play three dates in India in December (Dec. 12 in Mumbai, Dec. 13 in Dehli, and Dec. 14 in Bangalore), it seemed to be primarily a studio-week for Diplo.
First with, Claude VonStroke, which made many on Instagram very happy.
And then with Usher, Skrillex, Rock City and… a lot of cash?
Diplo (new twitter name = BABY DADDY) tweeted that they were actually going to a strip club and it made a little more sense. (Though, it did not offer much by way of “What music was made?” questions.)
And finally, if you’re looking for something to jam to, Diplo used his “Diplo and Friends” set on BBC Radio 1Xtra this week to cap off the station’s Hip-Hop Month with a two-hour all hip-hop mix. That episode—featuring the likes of Biggie, Mary J. Blige, Beastie Boys, Nas, and 2Pac —can be streamed until Saturday night here. His sessions are usually pretty “throw caution to the wind,” but this one is rooted in his musical upbringing and full of old favorites. Enjoy!