Diplo's 13 Most Bangin' Beats

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In case the 2011 BET Awards was not on your Sunday viewing schedule, Mad Decent honcho Diplo deserves some shine off the Best Collaboration trophy for his part in writing/producing Chris Brown's megahit "Look at Me Now" featuring Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne. The antigravity beat brought out career performances from all involved.

Mr. Thomas Wesley Pentz's abilities as a beatsmith have long been cherished among a tighter-knit group of followers, especially after his early successes with M.I.A. -- notably the Piracy Funds Terrorism mixtape, and "Paper Planes," natch. Recently, with the Breezy collabo (which should really be considered a Busta song much better than their last joint effort) and Beyoncé revamping Major Lazer's "Pon de Floor" for "Run the World (Girls)," the mainstream is taking serious notice again.

Even back to mashup work with the Hollertronix crew (Girl Talk might've ripped it off a bit) and his solo album, the marvelous Florida, things were going markedly well. Here is a baker's dozen of the highlights from Diplo's illustrious production career.
13. Diplo - "Newsflash"
An early single (2003!) that kinda sounds like what M.I.A. would eventually glom onto. Definitely some Marble Madness-ish noise bubbling up in the background.


12. Justin Timberlake - "My Love" (Diplo Remix)
Sometimes the best beats come from familiar spots. Surely J.T. had no complaints about getting hooked up with the beat from LCD Soundsystem's "Someone Great," but it's T.I.'s tight flow that really sings with these industrial synths.


11. M.I.A - "Sunshowers" (Diplo Mix)
As you might imagine, there could be an entire list devoted just to Diplo's work with Maya Arulpragasam. This version of "Sunshowers," which showed up on the Piracy Funds Terrorism mixtape, has just the tiniest bit of help from Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It."


10. Bruno Mars & Damian Marley - "Liquor Store Blues"
Possibly the first production on this list to piss off the Diplo purists but still one of the finest moments of Mars' career thus far. Try to keep this pop nugget out of your head.


9. Sleigh Bells - "Tell 'Em" (Diplo Remix)
Yes, the indie rock does work well in Diplo's capable hands. Somehow it's even fiercer than the beastly original. See also: Deerhunter - "Helicopter" (Diplo & Lunice Remix), Brazilian Girls "Good Time" (Diplo remix), MGMT - "Time to Pretend" (Diplo remix), Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Gold Lion" (Diplo remix).




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16 comments
miakulpa
miakulpa

Insightful. Entertaining. Delightful.  Diplo...the evolution of sound, nothing but Bangin'!

Ashley
Ashley

I think everyone can take from this that Diplo is a bad ass producer and has far done too many awesome things to easily narrow it down to the top 13. This is a good list, take it or leave it!

Tyler Shambora
Tyler Shambora

No love for the throwback remixes? California Soul Remix or the Ray Charles/Kanye Gold Digger Remix?

Sonetoperfecto
Sonetoperfecto

maluca - el tigerasogd&top - knock outnicola roberts - beat of my drumrobyn - dancehall queendeerhunter - helicopter (diplo & lunice remix)the streets - going through hell (diplo remix)?????????????

Green Room
Green Room

I also vote for Dancehall Queen and I'll throw in Flashing Lights as well. Everybody loves that Sleigh Bells remix. I can't get into it.

Good list though. 

Ca1m_down
Ca1m_down

Pon de Floor was written primarily by Afrojack. I love Diplo, but that isn't really his style.

Guest1
Guest1

Really? No Robyn's "Dancehall Queen"? Someone didn't do their research.

Zach Moinichen
Zach Moinichen

Diplo didn't produce Liquor Store Blues, he has writing credit

Bruno
Bruno

i agree that track should be high up the list

Reed Fischer
Reed Fischer

True. Regardless, he took part in its creation and that's what I would say about anything on this list. Some of them a much greater part than others.

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