Diplo took to Facebook to write about some of the albums that inspired him in his younger years. Diplo listed a diverse array of albums from Bad Brains‘ Bad Brains to Weezer‘s Blue Album to Ol’ Dirty Bastard‘s Return to the 36 Chambers. He lists twelve albums in total. Diplo, along with his Major Lazer group-mates Walshy Fire and Jillionaire, is in an upcoming documentary titled Give Me Future. The film, which is directed by Austin Peters, documents Major Lazer’s massive concert in Cuba. The show attracted a crowd of over half a million and took place in March of 2016. Give Me Future will be premiering at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 27th. Head here to check out a trailer for the documentary. Read Diplo’s post via Facebook in full below.
“As far as high school ..
Weezer – blue album.
I didnt know I was into rock music but every song on this album I listened to over and over . Then guitar lines and Rivera voice were so on point to me
Pharcyde – bizarre ride.
I had an obsession with west coast hip hop. And skateboarding ..everything from Tupac to souls of mischief . It was he production on the album that’s had me mesmerized .. how did u get so many loops in one song .. I even listened to the skits
Dj shadow – entroducing. I wanted to be a producer once I heard this album and realized u can do anything with just some old records
Radiohead – kid a- they rewrote the rule book of what a band could sound like .. I would just get stoned and listen to this and always find new things.
Bone thugs – e 99 eternal. Was gonna put 36 mystic styles but I think I listened to this more
Bad brains / st
One of the only venues in my town beside under age night clubs was a church that had hard core shows . Florida had a big hardcore punk scene . I find out about bad brains and became obsessed with their movement and right brigade made me punch people
New order substance – a had a girlfriend that introduced me to cure Depeche Mode and other new wave bands .. I thought the music was soft but then I learned more about the electronic productions and he connection between hip hop and arthur baker. Bizarre love triangle was an obsession for me
Portishead – dummy
Just perfect combination of goth and hip hop that made me sad and happy at the same time
Massive attack – protection
Same as Portishead.. the song protection manipulated james brown sample in a way that was hi art to me
Beastie boys – I’ll communication . This album was punk and I loved how they tried to push boundaries whenever they could
Lee perry – return of the super ape
Lee perry was my gateway drug into reggae .. before I got heavy into dancehall and all hints Caribbean I was really into dub and lee perry was an actual insane person which makes for good music..
Odb- return to the 36 chambers/Atcq – midnight marauders.. a lot of east coast hip hop burned into my subconscious because of rap city .. everyday after school I would watch all videos.. groups like black moon . artifacts . Krs one the fugees. Especially wu tang and tribe and fugees. their album were sonic landscapes .”