Diplo has a lot to be grateful this year. The Mad Decent label head's career shows no signs of slowing down. And his Major Lazer side project with Switch is still going strong following the release of a new EP, Lazers Never Die, and a mixtape with La Roux.
Even M.I.A.'s self-implosion this year didn't affect him. "Tell Me Why," his single contribution to her latest album, Maya, is generally considered the high point. It picks up, oddly enough, where "Paper Planes" left off.
The man has also visited Miami several times this year. For WMC, obviously, as well as a Major Lazer show at Grand Central and a secret set at Bar. But this time there are no secrets or backup dancers, just a DJ gig at Grand Central on December 23.
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You'll be indebted to the Philly native when he gives you the perfect pre-Noche Buena workout. Tickets are on sale now for $30 via Fla.vor.us.
And as a warm-up (God knows we need it today), here is what happens when you pair South African rave-rap outfit Die Antwoord with crazy beats courtesy of Diplo.