Diplo Bans Kandi At Mad Decent Block Parties

Diplo Bans Kandi At Mad Decent Block Parties

Diplo Bans Kandi At Mad Decent Block Parties

The Mad Decent Block Party was the latest EDM event to be hit with drug overdose deaths, as a 17 year old and a 20 year old died at the show in Washington D.C. on August 2nd.

As a precautionary step, Mad Decent, a record label and the main event organizer have banned kandi, a homemade jewelery that is popular at electronic music events, at all future Block Party events.  The tweet above was written by Diplo, Mad Decent’s founder and owner.

‘Kandi Kids’, as the wearers are often described, make bracelets with different color beads and usually names of their favorite artists.  Often times, kandi is traded at shows between fans, with the expressed intent of sharing a bond through music, making new friends.

However, kandi culture also has a darker side, as dealers would wear the beads to signify they were selling drugs.  Also, some use the guise of kandi to smuggle ecstasy pills past security, as at first glance they can look like beads.

Officials at MCU Park, the New York venue and first to be impacted by the ban, state they had nothing to do with the decision and the show’s promoter had arranged for the increased measures.

The Mad Decent Block Party began Saturday July 26th and goes through September 20th.

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  • poopweener

    This is a terrible “solution” to the problem.

  • TheSimpleTruth

    Give me a percentage of dealers vs regular people that wear Kandi at these shows… This is so utterly stupid that I can’t believe someone like Diplo would actually think this up as a solution. Someone find his drug dealer, he’s selling him crack.

    • Brennen

      It’s similar to the whole “guns kill people” arguement. People kill people, and kandi doesn’t magically give you drugs

  • Meggggg710

    If you’re so concerned about your kandi being taken from you… go to a fucking rave. Diplo’s point in doing this was obviously not about drugs, but the music (whoever wrote this article felt the need to include drugs). That should always be the most important part in going to a show anyways.

    • Yosh

      Diplo’s point in banning the kandi was about the drug overdoses and safety. He’s implying here that the kandi kids are there for other reasons besides the music.

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  • JonGARD22

    Ive never put on kandi and decided “I want to do a lot of drugs right now”. That never happened…

    • Britny

      Exactly! It’s an overreaction based on a misunderstanding. I would love for him to read some of the kandi kid pages on facebook where he would see that talking about drugs is strictly prohibited. Kandi is not the problem, drugs are.

  • White Owl

    this is so absolutely arbitrary and absurd! no amount of ostracizing cultural aspects will ensure anyone’s safety anymore than drug free school zones kept our children safe in the 80s. how about artists and event organizers use their influence and money to help lobby for legalization and harm reduction. MORONS!

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  • Sad kandikid

    So sad that a couple of people’s bad decisions had to ruin it for everyone else

  • Ashley Apollodor

    So, what about the newest thing they make to share & make memories with, it’s just going to keep getting deeper & deeper. How about stop dropping stupid ass songs encouraging others to party & do drugs & maybe the music will change people… BINGO….

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  • deed

    If you’re wear kandi it’s pretty much means you are on E or something like that….even if you’re not it still looks like it…maybe people are sick of kandi cause it beings the wrong vibe…get over it.