Née: Diamante Blackmon
Raíces: All over the place — his background is Nicaraguan and Guatemalan (“My family is from Nicaragua…Managua to be exact, so I’m actually Nicoya but was raised in Guatemala…which also makes me a Chapin,” he tweeted in 2012). He also spent some of his childhood between Maryland and Los Angeles.
Sounds like: Thunderous, mayhem-inducing trap.
You should listen to Carnage because…the DJ pours his blunt, audacious personality into stadium-sized beats. Plus, he’s a good samaritan on the low.
Carnage has been wreaking havoc in the club for a minute now. He found his footing early on with a 2012 remix of Hardwell’s “Spaceman.” Since then, he has kept Top 40’s love affair with EDM-inspired hip-hop strong, thanks to his thudding releases. He paired up with iLoveMakonnen for the infinitely catchy “I Like Tuh” last year, and then collaborated with Lil Uzi Vert, A$AP Ferg, and Rich the Kid to release the explosive “WDYW.”
The DJ is a mainstay on the festival circuit. You may have caught his trademark blonde hair and bucket hat behind the turntables at Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Ultra — all wild performances that helped him cultivate a loyal legion of fans, dubbed the Chipotle Gang (The moniker comes from Carnage’s passion for Chipotle. He loves the chain so much that he has a Chipotle Gold Card, which gets him free food from the franchise forever).
But one of the most intriguing things about this guy has nothing to do with music. His larger-than-life, outrageous persona is coupled with a surprising penchant for philanthropy and dedication to his roots. Sure, Carnage shows are synonymous with debauchery — he’s rumored to have doused the audience with a cocktail of confetti and dollar bills at show in Chicago a few years ago. Yet that excess often goes toward good. He made a major donation to the California organization Seeds of Learning to build a children’s rec center in Villa Japón, Nicaragua, and has kept the cash flow to his home countries going – he says a school in Guatemala is coming soon.
For a while, it seemed like Carnage wouldn’t be in the trap genre forever. His legendary 2013 Twitter rant got instant attention. Lately, though, he seems to be at peace with the music scene and has been deploying hits with rap’s men of the moment. This summer, he got Lil Yachty on “Mase In ’97,” and then co-produced “Don’t Call Me” with Felix Snow, featuring Shakka and Young Thug. We’ll wait patiently as he continues to blow up.