Major global trendsetters are under constant pressure to stay relevant, and there’s nothing more detrimental to your social capital than having your music dissed by a pop empress like Rihanna. Thankfully, Diplo’s achieved a level of success where he’s willing to forego all coolness concerns to reveal that Rihanna once said a Major Lazer track sounded like “a reggae song at an airport.”
Thanks to a lengthy new Diplo interview with GQ, we can now confirm Rihanna’s status as a shade-thrower, as well as someone with extremely good taste who doesn’t suffer petitions to appear on warmed-over radio-ready EDM lightly. Diplo’s apparently been angling for a RiRi feature for quite some time, recalling that she wouldn’t appear on smash hit “Lean On” because, quote, “I don’t do house music.”
Diplo must’ve have noticed a few entries in her discography that don’t exactly jibe with that, because he the tried to entice her with a reggae number during a session. Here’s what he told GQ Style:
Another time I had a session with her, and Future was also invited. The Weeknd was there. Metro Boomin was there before anybody knew who he was. I was so contact high. Future played her, like, 700 songs. It was four in the morning. Finally, I was like, Yo, G, I’m leaving unless you let me play her a song. So I played her a song. And she was like, This sounds like a reggae song at an airport. [laughs] I was like, I’m gonna go kill myself.
Yep, that’s…pretty accurate; if I had to describe Major Lazer’s current output to someone who was totally unfamiliar with everything post-Free The Universe, “airport reggae” is right on the money. But you know, like… in a good way?
Elsewhere in the interview, Diplo comments on everything from his hyper-influential Hollertronix party days in Philly, to his current African tour and experiences with the Nigerian music culture, and sadly doesn’t feature any other tales of getting dissed by pop divas. With any luck, though Rihanna’s comments will inspire a new ambient-influenced sound for Diplo to explore on Reggae for Airports.