Diplo Blends Kanye West, Black Keys for World Cup Mix

The hour-long mashup also features the White Stripes and Beyonce

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images
June 13, 2014 1:45 PM ET

Producer-DJ-soccer fan Diplo has shared an hour-long mix to celebrate the 2014 World Cup, which commenced Thursday in Brazil. The eclectic musical stew premiered on BBC 1Extra, blending hip-hop beats (Kanye West's "Black Skinhead" and "Champion"), blues-rock riffs (the Black Keys' "Howlin' for You"), synth-pop hooks and plenty of Latin rhythms.

Diplo's Dancehall Reggae Primer: 10 Essential Tracks

The sonic breadth is staggering, as Diplo segues the disparate tracks into a seamless whole. Conga beats bleed into jazz piano lines and stadium-sized synth runs, with several familiar faces popping up throughout. The obvious highlight is the transition between Kanye's "Black Skinhead" to the Black Keys' "Howlin' for You," as Diplo pairs the former's "blacked out on yo' ass" vocal sample and soccer-friendly beat with Dan Auerbach's snarling vocal hook and distorted guitar.

Elsewhere, he features a warped rip from the White Stripes' anthemic "Seven Nation Army" and chant-friendly hooks from Brazilian synth-pop act CSS' anthemic "Hits Me Like a Rock," Beyonce's "End of Time" and electronic producer Madeon's "Finale." Listen to the full mix below.

Last month, it was revealed that Diplo would host the VH1 music series, Soundclash, with each episode of the Questlove-produced show featuring three artists performing simultaneously on a single stage. The premiere episode, airing July 23rd, will feature hip-hop mainstay Lil Wayne, emo-rock heartthrobs Fall Out Boy and British electro-pop act London Grammar. The second episode, airing July 30th, will bring together singer-songwriters Ed Sheeran and Sia, along with alt-rockers Grouplove.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Hungry Like the Wolf”

Duran Duran | 1982

This indulgent New Romantic group generated their first U.S. hit with the help of what was at the time new technology. "Simon [Le Bon] and I, I think, had been out the night before and had this terrible hangover," said keyboardist Nick Rhodes. "For some reason we were feeling guilty about it and decided to go and do some work." Rhodes started playing with his Jupiter-8 synth, and then "Simon had an idea for a lyric, and by lunchtime when everyone else turned up, we pretty much had the song." The Simmons drumbeat was equally important to the sound of "Hungry Like the Wolf," as Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor stated it "kind of defined the drum sound for the Eighties."

More Song Stories entries »