Steve Aoki, Shaq team for ‘Welcome to the Playhouse’

High-energy music video also available

Steve Aoki joins forces with platinum-selling recording artist and basketball legend DJ Diesel aka Shaq on the new game time anthem “Welcome to the Playhouse.” Out now through Aoki’s Dim Mak label, the collaboration 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.

The two multi-hyphenates have been moving toward a collaboration since Shaq first watched Aoki DJ at 2014’s TomorrowWorld — one of the first live DJ sets Shaq ever experienced. 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 Aoki 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 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,” Aoki shares. “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.”

“Working with Steve on ‘Welcome to the Playhouse’ was a blast,” adds the basketball legend. “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!”

Shaq’s Fun House returns during Super Bowl weekend in Los Angeles. Taking place on Friday, February 11th at The Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall, the event features a larger-than-life main-stage production and pyrotechnics for headliners Lil Wayne, Zedd, Diplo, DJ Diesel, and more. It also includes Shaq’s Carnival Midway highlighted by the FTX Ferris Wheel, carnival rides, games, circus performers, dining experiences, incredible brand activations, and more.

Tickets for the event will go on-sale to the public this Friday, January 7th at 10 am PST. Starting at $249.99, all tickets include a six-hour open bar and complimentary dining experience. All tickets, Wynn Nightlife VIP Tables, ​​and ​​TickPick VIP Lounge access can be purchased online. This year’s presenting partner, FTX, is poised to bring Crypto to Big Game Weekend through exclusive Shaq’s Fun House NFTs for all attendees, The FTX Ferris Wheel, Crypto Carnival prizing, and a custom FTX flyaway to meet Shaq.

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