Steve Aoki and DJ Diesel aka Shaquille O’Neal brings us a new massive anthem “Welcome to the Playhouse” via Dim Mak
The new collaboration between Steve Aoki and DJ Diesel aka Shaquille O’Neal sees SHAQ spit hype-ready-for-the-court raps over thundering EDM production. The song is paired with a high-energy animated music video that follows adolescent versions of Aoki and SHAQ on a wild adventure through the carnival-esque Playhouse.
Steve Aoki says about the collaboration, “SHAQ and I have been wanting to collaborate on a track together for a while now, but it wasn’t until he came over to Aoki’s Playhouse one day that we finally found the inspiration for our collab. We hopped into the studio and the track just came together. That same kind of fun energy is carried through to the artwork and video as well, and I’m so excited to be kicking off the new year with this release.”
In 2015, DJ Diesel made his own debut at TomorrowWorld, unveiling his potent mix of trap, hip hop, and EDM, announcing his arrival to the dance music community. Diesel invited Steve to perform at the 2018 inaugural “SHAQ’s Fun House” festival alongside an all-star lineup with Diplo, A-Trak, and Carnage. In 2020 they connected again, when Dim Mak released “Ultimate,” DJ Diesel’s track with Riot Ten, featuring T-Wayne—leveling Diesel up within a musical evolution that spans back to 1993’s platinum hip hop album, Shaq Diesel.
SHAQ says, “Working with Steve on ‘Welcome to the Playhouse’ was a blast,” SHAQ exclaims. “We went back and forth for hours together in his studio and eventually ended up with one of my favorite DIESEL releases to date. WELCOME TO THE PLAYHOUSE!”