If you followed the convervsation in the comments after Boima’s recent controversial discussion in this piece at the Africa is A Country blog, you’ll be pleased to see both Diplo and Boima took up Eddie Stat’s challenge for a face off over some pizza. The result has just been published over at OkayAfrica which you can read here. The core of the discussion was Boima taking Diplo to task over the ethics of his recent highly successful career path born from his work with global dance genres many of which we’ve covered on this blog over the years. You know the deal.
Trying to sum up my own opinions has been tough. I feel there’s so many points to discuss that its kind of bewildering. As I sit here writing this over breakfast, Radio 1xtra has just played Diplo’s productions of Beyonce’s ‘End of Time’ followed by Major Lazer’s ‘Pon de Floor’ which subliminally highlight to me just how mainstream Diplo has become. I have a lot of respect for the guy, for the work & support he’s done in many of the global bass genres over the years. I’m also a big fan of his productions. Weirdly I’ve rarely written about him on this blog, maybe because he’s everywhere else anyway, maybe because the very mention of his name seems to stir the pot in the Tropical-Global-Bass-whatever-you-want-to-call-it scene. When I first started listening to his music and mixes back when he dropped ‘Piracy Funds Terrorism’ and the ‘Favela On Blast’ mixtapes, it really inspired and excited me that he was bringing up these sounds into the western dance music world.
Not just for my own personal tastes, I just wish I still heard more of these kind of genres on his Sirius XM Blow Your Head shows as he used to on the Mad Decent radio podcasts. Anyway, take a read over at OkayAfrica and props to Diplo, Boima and Eddie for making it happen. I guess Boima & Diplo should crack on and do a tune together now.