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Major Lazer

June 19th, 2015

2008 in Kingston, Jamaica


Years Active:
'00s, '10s

Major Lazer


Major Lazer is the digital reggae/dancehall project of Diplo (Philadelphia's Wes Pentz) and Switch (London's Dave Taylor), two globetrotting, tastemaking DJ/producers whose previous collaborations notably included production work for M.I.A. and Santigold. Recorded at Jamaica's Tuff Gong studios, their debut album, Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do, featured vocal contributions from noted dancehall stars including Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal, Mr. Vegas, and Turbulence, as well as Santigold, Nina Sky, and rapper Amanda Blank. Much anticipation and online chatter were fueled in part by the novelty video/song "Zumbi," featuring the comedian Andy Milonakis, the frenetic, legitimate lead single "Hold the Line," and a goofy, invented back-story about a renegade Jamaican commando with prosthetic laser arms who was allegedly a Zombie War veteran and vampire-fighting C.I.A. operative (but was demonstrably a rampant Twitter user). The album was released in June of 2009 as a joint venture between Downtown Records and Diplo's Mad Decent label. Lazers Never Die, an EP with two new songs and three remixes, followed in 2010, along with Lazerproof, a collaborative mixtape with the English electro-pop duo La Roux. In 2012, Snoop Dogg joined Diplo for the digital reggae single "La La La," released under the name Snoop Lion, while Switch announced he was leaving the project. Diplo carried on with producer Jillionaire, joining the group for Free the Universe, the group's sophomore album. The 2013 release featured Wyclef, Bruno Mars, Vybz Kartel, and Shaggy on its quite long guest list. Sean Paul and Pharrell Williams joined the party for the 2014 EP Apocalypse Soon. The 2015 album Peace Is the Mission featured some chart-topping guests like Ariana Grande, Ellie Goulding, and 2 Chainz, and was supported by an animated series that aired on the FXX cable television network. ~ K. Ross Hoffman, Rovi

Top Albums

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2. Guns Don't K..

3. Free the Uni..

4. Original Don..

5. Apocalypse S..

6. Lazers Never..

7. Guns Don't K..

8. Get Free - S..

9. Keep It Goin..

10. Watch Out Fo..

11. Guns Don't K..

12. Guns Don't K..

13. Hold the Lin..

Top Songs

Lean On (feat. MØ & DJ Snake)Peace Is The Mission2:56$1.29
Be Together (feat. Wild Belle)Peace Is The Mission3:53$1.29
Powerful (feat. Ellie Goulding &..Peace Is The Mission3:26$1.29
Too Original (feat. Elliphant & ..Peace Is The Mission3:27$1.29
All My Love (feat. Ariana Grande &am..Peace Is The Mission3:49$1.29
All My Love (feat. Ariana Grande)Hunger Games: Mockingjay, P..3:32$1.29
Night Riders (feat. Travi$ Scott, 2 ..Peace Is The Mission3:53$1.29
Bubble Butt (feat. Bruno Mars, Tyga ..Free the Universe (Extended..3:47$1.29
Watch Out For This (Bumaye) [feat. B..Free the Universe (Extended..4:29$1.29
Original Don (feat. The Partysquad)Original Don (feat. The Par..4:13$1.29
Roll the BassPeace Is The Mission3:46$1.29
Blaze Up the Fire (feat. Chronixx)Peace Is The Mission3:34$1.29
Light It Up (feat. Nyla)Peace Is The Mission3:18$1.29
Get Free (feat. Amber of Dirty Proje..Free the Universe (Extended..4:49$1.29
Pon de Floor (feat. VYBZ Kartel)Guns Don't Kill People...3:33$1.29
Come On To Me (feat. Sean Paul)Apocalypse Soon - EP3:33$1.29
Bubble Butt (Radio Mix) [feat. Bruno..Free the Universe (Extended..3:27$1.29
Jet Blue Jet (feat. Leftside, GTA, R..Free the Universe (Extended..3:19$1.29
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams..Apocalypse Soon - EP3:02$1.29
Lose Yourself (feat. RDX & Moska..Apocalypse Soon - EP3:16$1.29
Playground (feat. Bugle & Arama)Free the Universe (Extended..3:57$1.29
Jah No Partial (feat. Flux Pavilion)Free the Universe (Extended..4:12$1.29
You're No Good (feat. Santigold,..Free the Universe (Extended..4:03$1.29
Can't Stop Now (feat. Jovi Rockw..Guns Don't Kill People...4:03$1.29
Watch Out For This (Bumaye) [Dimitri..Watch Out For This (Bumaye)..5:01$1.29

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