Diplo is going from audio to textual as the famed producer has composed his first literary project – a book entitled 128 Beats Per Minute: Diplo’s Visual Guide to Music, Culture, and Everything in Between. Driven by photographs from former Annie Leibowitz assistant Shane Mccauley, the piece chronicles Diplo’s travels around the world over the course of seven years. It will be released this April by Universe Publishing, an imprint of “famed Italian purveyor of art tomes” Rizzoli New York. Alexander Wang, for whom Diplo has modeled, wrote the foreword. Each chapter is based on a different country or region (Israel, Trinidad, Russia, Asia, etc.) and comes with a playlist for that country. You can pre-order it on Amazon.
In related news, Diplo has expressed his discontent with the recent development of the Coachella lineup via Twitter:
“maybe im just throwing shade but coachsmella looks pretty lame this year.. u used to be a place to check out new bands/music,” “besides snoop and dre thats boss shit right there,”"its like bootleg ultra w a few bands that are ‘safe’”.