Florida followed soon after, the debut album which he described as “based loosely on Wiliam Faulkner’s Go Down Moses with a definite red clay shrimp and manatee dirty south feel.” Featuring vocals from Martina Topley-Bird, Vybz Cartel, PEACE, Pantera Os Danadinhos and Sandra Melody it showed the breadth of Diplo’s imagination and the depth of his influences. It was welcomed ecstatically by those who found it but is still to reach the audience it deserved.
Since the record was released, Diplo has: Toured with Prefuse 73, RJD2, Roots Manuva and M.I.A Performed in: Brazil, Japan and China (as well as the more run-of-the-mill places) Made the following critically-acclaimed and hard-to-find mix cds: Favela On Blast, AEIOU (Vols 1 & 2), M.I.A.’s Piracy Funds Terrorism and Hollertronix 2. Has produced for: Kano and M.I.A. Has remixed: Gwen Stefani, Le Tigre, DJ Shadow (amongst others) He’s even started writing a regular Dirty South column for Hip Hop Connection.