According to his snapchat, Diplo was at the big fight last night between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. However, when he isn't being a high roller in Las Vegas, the "Express Yourself" DJ is touring around Europe with Major Lazer in anticipation of their new album, Peace Is The Mission, which is slated for release on June 1. While he was in London, Diplo had a chat with The London Evening Standard to discuss some of his recent milestones, including working with Madonna, Skrillex and even Rihanna, while also talking the success Major Lazer has had over the past few months.
The most controversial quote pulled from the article comes from his time with Rihanna, where Diplo boldly states that "Lean On" is a bigger track than anything that RiRi has out right now in the world.
"I was in the studio with Rihanna two weeks ago, still playing the game. I was trying to convince her why she should do so-and-so, and thinking, 'Lean On is bigger than any of her songs around the world right now. Why am I even sitting here trying to negotiate?'"
In a Twitter reply to a fan, he tried to play it off as a misquote.
— floyd baeweather (@diplo) May 3, 2015
Maybe it is a misquote, maybe it isn't, but Diplo is known as someone who fires from the hip during interviews and speaks his mind with almost no filter, which at times can land him into trouble.
In light of a recent comment the American DJ made in an interview with Rick Rubin where Diplo said he would be retiring the "Diplo" name soon, it isn't surprising to see him commit so hard to Major Lazer.
"It was definitely a hobby the first time. Second time we were just trying to figure out how to make it work. And this time we're trying to establish Major Lazer as a really big deal and an awesome experience for people," says Diplo. "Our crowd is really young. I think our music represents something really new."