Major Lazer is a Jamaican-American electronic dance music trio, which includes record producer Diplo, and DJs Walshy Fire and Ape Drums. It was founded in 2008 by Diplo and Switch, with Switch leaving after three years in 2011. He was then replaced by both Jillionaire and Walshy Fire. In June 2019, Jillionaire left the group and was replaced by Ape Drums. Its music spans numerous genres, mixing reggae with dancehall, reggaeton, soca, house, and moombahton. Major Lazer has released four full-length albums: Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do in 2009, Free the Universe in 2013, Peace Is the Mission in 2015, and Music Is the Weapon in 2020. They have also released six EPs, including Apocalypse Soon in March 2014, which featured vocal contributions from Pharrell Williams and Sean Paul, and Know No Better in 2017, which featured appearances from Camila Cabello, Quavo, Travis Scott, and J Balvin, among others. Major Lazer has also notably produced Reincarnated, the debut reggae album by Snoop Dogg under his “Snoop Lion” persona. In March 2018, Billboard ranked Major Lazer at number five on their 2018 Billboard Dance 100 ranking of dance musicians. Here are all of Major Lazer’s albums ranked.
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3. Free The Universe (2013)
“I am playing this on repeat. love the different kinds of tracks that are on this. Stand out tracks for me are Get Free and Jessica these are laid back reggae tracks that makes you wanna be on a beach sipping a cocktail in the sun. Watch Out For This and Wind Up are dancehall tracks which i cannot stop moving my hips to. Then there Jah No Partial which you can’t play low you gotta turn it up and feel the baseline.”
2. Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do (2009)
“Occasionally crass, occasionally questionable, occasionally obnoxious. Lyrically, no different than most rap music and very much tongue in cheek in tone (listen to What U Like and you’ll know what I mean…). The music provided and produced by Diplo (and the many dub and reggae artists) is just, in short, banging. It’s perfect for starting a night out, partying, gymming. For those who want to try some dub and dancehall (as opposed to dubstep) and to those wanting to listen to what’s coming out of the Caribbean, this is a great place to start…”
1. Peace Is The Mission (2015)
“Anyone who has followed Diplo’s MAJOR LAZER know that this is the funkiest man behind a synth. That being said his crew of DJS Walshy Fire and Jillonaire have refined their touch almost too awesomely. This album has some very very slick female vocal. NYLA on Light it Up is a Jamaican word smasher if you can clearly hear every word. Roll the Bass if by far their best throwback to their roots. This album if a BANGER if you’ve got four Infinity 15 in subs. If you don’t have this soon, you’ll simply not be cool.”