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Look what Wynn Nightlife resident DJ Diplo’s been up to lately

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Diplo returns to XS on February 17.
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1. You can’t spell “diplomat” without him. Diplo started the month with his second-ever show in Islamabad. He teamed with Elliphant and some local musicians for his first show there two years ago and went all-out by bringing his Mad Decent Block Party to Pakistan’s capital city, including a performance by side project Major Lazer, fellow Wynn Nightlife resident Valentino Khan, former Stepdad drummer Jeremy Malvin’s project Chrome Sparks and Pakistani duo SNKM. Diplo told TMZ the show was all about connecting to Pakistani youth so “they can grow into being our allies.” The DJ and producer might not be known for strong political opinions, but he followed through with his touring plans after President Trump’s January tweet threatening to withhold aid from Pakistan. “Hopefully Twitter will block him at some point, because it’s kind of like harassment to some people,” Diplo responded.

2. You can’t do a video cameo makeout like Diplo does. Brazilian singer, drag queen and Instagram sensation Pabllo Vittar has teamed with Diplo before, on the memorable Major Lazer track “Sua Cara” from last year’s Know No Better EP. But their other 2017 team-up “Entao Vai,” a summery frolic, comes complete with a new video that closes with a steamy makeout session between the two.

3. You can’t have the best Super Bowl ever without him. He was born in Texas and is based in LA, but Diplo got a degree in film studies from Temple University in Philadelphia, so yeah, he had a blast at this year’s big game in Minnesota. At some point he literally got his hands on the Vince Lombardi trophy—sorry, Kevin Hart—but more importantly, he tweeted an image of Justin Timberlake’s halftime tribute with Dave Chappelle’s infamous Prince impersonation Photoshopped in. No word on whether Dip played basketball and made pancakes after the game.

4. You can’t “Get It Right” without him. Right after that, Diplo played piano and danced while wearing a tucked-in T-shirt on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Actually, he was there with his collaborators— Danish singer and songwriter MØ and Washington, D.C., rapper Goldlink—to perform their new song “Get It Right,” exactly the kind of jubilant, smilingly defiant anthem you might perform in Pakistan while undercutting your President’s terrible tweeting. The Tonight Show choreography wasn’t nearly as intricate as the kind of adorable video for the song, but it was pretty good for the capper of a busy week being Diplo.

Diplo February 17, 10:30 p.m., $25-$45. XS, 702-770-7300.

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