One thing of which Diplo (aka Diplodocus, Wes Diplo, and Wes Gully) cannot be accused is being afraid to experiment with new music. 
Diplo will be ringing in the new year with a face-crushing free EP he’s calling Express Yourself. 
Critics have been divided on his early work, with some expressing acclaim for the mixtape, while others expressing relief that M.I.A.’s aesthetic and her debut album did not have a lot of input from the DJ. 
Meanwhile, his record label Mad Decent has helped to introduce Brazilian baile funk, Angolan Kuduro, and other marginalized music to clubs around the world, developing as a trendsetting force with which to be reckoned. 
Under the Hollertronix moniker, Diplo and Budget released the highly praised Never Scared mixtape; it was listed as one of The New York Times’ top albums of 2003. 
He also founded and manages record company Mad Decent, as well as the not for profit organization Heaps Decent. [...] Later, Pentz and fellow M.I.A. producer Switch created a Jamaican dancehall project titled Major Lazer. 
The music embodied on this album led to an introduction via an A&R man at XL Records to M.I.A. In 2004, he partnered with M.I.A. for the mixtape “Piracy Funds Terrorism.” 
The two eventually collaborated on a mixtape, Piracy Funds Terrorism Vol. 1., where Arular track acapellas were mashed with other artists’ songs and was mentioned as ‘Albums of the Year’ from the New York Times and Pitchfork Media. [...] Since then, Diplo has worked on production and mixtape projects with many other notable pop artists.