There’s a new video for the new Diplo-y Major Lazer single, “Jah No Partial.” It features reggae legend Johnny Osbourne and Flux Pavillion, and uses footage from three raging parties: the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium, the Notting Hill Carnival in London, and, OH HEY, the Mad Decent Block Party here in Philadelphia. “Jah” will be on the February 19th-released Free the Universe.
In this intensely high-energy video, Diplo pumps up the crowd, crowd surfs and is in various states of dress, from slimly suited to topless. The vaguely dubstep-flavored song and video, reminiscent of a Skrillex set, is fueled by testosterone and bro-y party energy. Sweaty, shirtless, jumping and fist-pumping; this is to have fun at a Diplo set these days. He’s gone from a local maverick with a talent for beats to an international party boy DJ and hardcore party-director.
Remember when his MD Block Parties were ACTUAL block parties? As in one block, in the Eraserhood, with maybe a couple hundred hipsters. Now they’re this. But it’s hard to chastise, we suppose, gotta make that paper somehow. Can you blame him for letting his empire expand into an over-the-top party empire?