Diplo's 13 Most Bangin' Beats, Part 2
Note: Not all of the suggestions from the peanut gallery made it in. "Make You Pop" is still not a personal favorite, and stuff from La Roux Lazerproof mixtape is pretty good but not quite bangin' enough for this list.
The original posting came as a result of Diplo garnering BET accolades for his part in creating Chris Brown's "Look at Me Now," which has reached five-times-per-hour status in this cube. And there are definitely more hip-hop beats from Thomas Wesley Pentz's ever-expanding arsenal included in this lucky 13 below.
13. Clipse - "Queen Bitch" (Diplo Remix)
Malice and Pusha T rapping over your beat is like sprinkling MSG on your fried rice. Exploding with flavor! This is off DJ Benzi & Evil Empire's We Got the Remix. Is that Ladysmith Black Mambazo or the Tokens? Fresh, regardless.
Clipse - "Queen Bitch" (Diplo Remix) by countygrind
12. The Black Ghosts - "Repetition Kills You" (Diplo Remix)
Kind of scary what Diplo does to Blur/Gorillaz kingpin Damon Albarn's voice here. What started as a sugar-sweet workout jam is something that genuinely sounds like it's populated by some sort of supernatural being.
11. Private - "My Secret Lover" (Diplo Remix)
Remember Junior Senior? Danish trio Private probably does too, judging by the soulful vocals that almost certainly don't belong to Michael Jackson, right? Diplo is an admitted fan and finds the right elements of misdirection to fill this out.
10. Maluca - "El Tigeraso"
Hypnotic and somewhat of a Dominican spin on Simian Mobile Disco's "Hustler" for its no-nonsense rap courtesy of Maluca. And do watch the video for the soda can curlers! Whenever she's ready to release a full-length, the M.I.A. comparisons will really ramp up. Here's a new artist who seems a perfect fit for Diplo's more frenetic explorations.