BUILDING BLOCKS

It’s not summer in Brooklyn without a block party

Diplo is kind of everywhere these days. From rumors of romancin’ Katy Perry to a cameo in 22 Jump Street, he’s become the most immediately recognizable DJ since DJ AM. Yet it’s easy to forget how it all started: a collaboration with M.I.A. on her gargantuan hit “Paper Planes” and the success of his independent label Mad Decent. The label has hosted some of the hottest acts of the past few years, including Dip’s dancehall project Major Lazer, viral “Harlem Shake” producer Baauer, “Turn Down for What” producer DJ Snake, and Snoop Dogg’s reggae alter ego Snoop Lion. Its growth has been helped in part by the expansion of the Mad Decent Block Party, the once Philly-based showcase that has become a formidable traveling festival featuring artists from the label alongside some guest acts. This year’s NYC show takes place at Coney Island’s MCU Park and features DJ Snake, Dillon Francis and Diplo alongside Chicago’s Chance the Rapper.
Sat., Aug. 9, 3 p.m., 2014

 
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