March 5, 2013

A frequent criticism levied at superstar DJ Diplo is that he’s a conscience-free culture jacker, stripping the best bits from extant music genres in order to repackage them for molly-popping co-eds who couldn’t give a shit about dancehall. It’s not entirely fair, but perhaps in the spirit of such accusations, Diplo went and did a cheeky-ish remix of Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” getting 2 Chainz and Tyga to join him for a slowed down, syrupy riff on the dance-inspiring craze. The synths buzz and wooze, as they’re wont to do under his direction, and the whole thing sort of feels like a wink as those accusatory critics—if only because the YouTube reaction seems so harshly polarized. “Horrible,” reads the current top comment. “This must be what cancer sounds like. KILL IT WITH FIRE!” reads another. And there’s Diplo, laughing all the way to the bank.

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