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Diplo was born Thomas Wesley Pentz in Tupelo, Mississippi. Although he lived in a few different cities in the South, he mainly grew up in South Florida. He spent his youth in his father’s bait shop and fixated on manatees, alligators, and dinosaurs with hopes of becoming a paleontologist. However, he wound up pursuing an education in film studies, starting at a couple Florida colleges but finishing up his undergraduate degree in Philadelphia at Temple University in 2003. Before his move to Philadelphia, Pentz had moved temporarily to Japan to escape daily life in America. He sent a demo tape of his beat concoctions to Will Ashon, founder of U.K. independent hip-hop label , and once signed to the label, he relocated to Philadelphia.
Grammy Awards: 2009 Nominated Record of the Year, 2012 Nominated Best Rap Song, 2013 Diplo Producer of the Year Non-Classical, 2016 Best Dance Recording, 2016 Best Dance/Electronic Album, 2017 2x Nominated Album of the Year as a producer, 2019 Best Dance Recording.