Born 10 November 1978.
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Thomas Wesley Pentz (born November 10, 1978), better known by his stage name Diplo, is an American DJ, music producer, rapper, and songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. He founded and manages record company Mad Decent, as well as co-founding the non-profit organization Heaps Decent. Among other jobs, he has worked as a school teacher in Philadelphia. He is also the co-creator and lead member of the electronic dancehall music project, Major Lazer. His 2013 EP "Revolution" debuted at #68 on the Billboard 200.

During his rise to fame, Diplo worked with British musician M.I.A., an artist who is credited with giving him exposure in his early career. Later, he and fellow M.I.A. producer Switch created a Jamaican dancehall project titled Major Lazer. Since then, Diplo has worked on production and mixtape projects with many other notable pop artists, such as Britney Spears, Beyoncé, No Doubt, Justin Bieber, Usher, Snoop Lion, and G-Dragon. His alias, short for Diplodocus, derives from his childhood fascination with dinosaurs. Currently he has been working on Madonna's upcoming album.

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  • Founded Mad Decent

BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Riddimentary – Diplo Selects Greensleeves

    Riddimentary – Diplo Selects Greensleeves 2011

    Reviewed by David Katz
    Great music, plain and simple, seamlessly strung together for maximum party vibe effect.
  2. Review of Blow Your Head: Diplo Presents Dubstep

    Blow Your Head: Diplo Presents Dubstep 2010

    Reviewed by Louis Pattison
    Blow Your Head proves dubstep’s commercial and underground tribes can still intermingle.
  3. Review of Decent Work For Decent Pay

    Decent Work For Decent Pay 2009

    Reviewed by Louis Pattison
    A collection of individual commissions.
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