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Diplo, Willy Joy Recommended Member Picks Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Fri., March 11, 10 p.m. 2011

It still seems like just yesterday that Diplo's name was only known to a handful of adventurous dance-music fans who flocked to his self-released Favela on Blast mix tape. But it's actually been seven years since he introduced hip American ears to baile funk, an insanely raunchy and raucous musical style born in the grim ghettos of Rio. Of course, everyone else soon caught on to Diplo; his work on M.I.A.'s unexpected 2008 hit, "Paper Planes," earned him a Grammy nomination, a guaranteed slot on any future "Best of the Aughties" comps, and a seat in the control room next to five-star marquee names like Beyonce. Fortunately, though he's acquired a couple nice suits and a Blackberry sponsorship, he doesn't seem too different from the guy who once lacked the star power to cut the line at the Continental. He's still assembling fanboy-fervent genre compilations, like last year's dubstep primer Blow Your Head: Diplo Presents Dubstep (Mad Decent); he's still championing borderline-fringe artists, like freaky electro-rockabilly auteur Bosco Delrey; and he still has an uncanny talent for putting together DJ sets that can make a room full of people go completely bonkers. —Miles Raymer

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