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21. Major Lazer Free the Universe

Label: Secretly Canadian

The evolving lineup of Diplo's Major Lazer crew expanded to new heights on their sophomore album Free the Universe, with 2 Chainz, Bruno Mars, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, and others linking up for the hybrid dancehall/EDM sound. The massive single "Get Free" showed us that Diplo's former running mate Switch (who left sometime in 2011 due to creative differences) isn't necessary for the success of the crew. Tracks like "Jah No Partial" showed how massive the dubstep sound could be when put beneath throwback reggae vocals, while "Bubble Butt" found the guys leaning more on their rap rolodex—turning out a trap-style anthem for females with the big booties. All in all, a solid return for Diplo's motley crew; an enjoyable trek through the worlds of reggae and dancehall, filtered through dance-music colored lenses. —khal

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