Video: M.I.A. – ‘Bad Girls’

M.I.A.

Make way for M.I.A. The pop crusader storms Morocco in a BMW in the action-packed video for “Bad Girls,” the first single from her fourth album, due this summer. “Live fast, die young, bad girls do it well,” she chants on the Danja-produced banger. The gritty visuals, directed by Romain Gavras (“Born Free”), were shot in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

“It was dope to have so many people from so many different backgrounds speaking so many different languages come together to create something that we believed in,” said M.I.A. “I thought I was gonna die on the shoot when I saw the drifting. It was a four day shoot so everyone was on edge the whole time specifically ME when I had to do bluesteel singing to the camera while the cars did doughnuts on the wet road ten feet away. In my mind I was thinking how I was gonna deliver the video to Vice with no legs.”

Watch the dangerous results below.

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53 Comments

  1. meds

    dancing with the arabs. i love maya!

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    Naia Reply:

    @meds, her name is m.i.a.

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    brayant Reply:

    @Naia, sweetheart her birthname is maya…before you correct someone get your facts straight

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    meds Reply:

    @brayant, real talk! :-D

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    Ray Reply:

    @brayant, get ‘em !!!

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    Buster Reply:

    @brayant, to correct you, Maya is her nickname; her birth name is Mathangi Arulpragasam

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  2. JOKER

    i love it

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    StarsAreBlind Reply:

    @JOKER, Yeeeeesssss, me too. It’s so unexpected and different than anything else, but done perfectly. Only M.I.A.

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  3. Trent

    It was cute

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  4. MusiqLover

    nice

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  5. Bahamian

    yes! the return of M.I.A! Video is incredibly dope.

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  6. FilipinoPharaoh

    soo dope ! she’s fucking hot

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  7. FilipinoPharaoh

    soo dope ! she’s f–king hot !

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  8. ULISES

    Got to say- I love it! It’s pretty wild! All those car stunts are pretty dope!!!

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  9. IkiHav

    POWA
    POWA
    thats all

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  10. ooooohhhhh

    Video hot song not so hot.

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  11. Well Damn

    Lmfaooo yessssss this video was crazyy!!!!

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  12. wonderLand19

    Aww, i love it :) M.I.A and Romain work really well together. Really sick concept! Love the song too!
    BRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP!

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  13. Will

    VIDEO OF THE YEAR WOWW!!!

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    no1else Reply:

    @Will, AGREE

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    BlahBlah Reply:

    @Will, cosign.

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  14. True Story

    M.I.A. set the bar very high with this video i havent seen a video this good since Jay-Z and Kanye’s otis video

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    sara Reply:

    @True Story, i 2nd that…bringing the idea of arabian upscale is so original and different and so her…dope dope dope

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  16. Naia

    i fuckin love m.i.a.! video and song are amazing! btw shes beautiful in da vid

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  17. Naia

    it’s way better that give me all you luvin.. love it

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  18. Ice

    SWAG OVERLOAD, Well Damn.

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  19. OUTRAGE OUTZILLA

    My sister is in this music video she’s one of the dancers

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    jojo Reply:

    @OUTRAGE OUTZILLA, where was the video shot?

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    FilipinoPharaoh Reply:

    @jojo, Morocco

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  20. jaron

    How u goin have a video wit them when the war over

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  21. no1else

    this really got me like WOAH like simply amaaazzinnnnggggg she really set the bar like danm…. video of the year. YES IM ALREADY FUCKING CALLING IT. M>I>A u just got urself a new fan:)

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  22. Bobbuilder

    I was about to cuss then I watched the whole video and I’m glad I did cos that was AMAZING.

    WOW…M.I.A…you are dope. I salute you!

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  23. Epic

    This is honestly one of the best music videos ive ever seen in my life.

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  24. Rubert

    When did she get so fine?

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    maya Reply:

    @Rubert, when was she ugly?

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  25. Phoenix_Wright

    NICE VID, not into the song but I give her props

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  26. rapper

    Love her her music gets me out my sit all the time

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  28. concerned viewer

    Love the visuals and the song; she definitely has her own style! Easily the best I’ve seen so far this year.

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  29. Truth Seeker

    I like the track and the video, the lyrics #shrug Love MIA tho(she looked great)

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  30. BlahBlah

    So fresh! Love it.

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  31. ?

    Readin all theese comments and you guys sayin that shes original and that’s why shes dope made me wonder … I get that she’s orginal but like .. dancin with the arabs like .. what the hell ?? I don’t get it .. I think even if she would made a video with her dancin with priests .. ppl would still like it ??

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  32. nicegirl

    The song has grown on me and I think the video goes well with the song…the song kinda has an arabian sound to it. Original video, I like it.

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  33. Hugh

    Cool. I want a 90s Mercedes now

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  34. Chicago

    I like the smooth beat. I can reggae to it.

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  35. Chet

    Wicked video! Seriously, one of the best I’ve ever seen in my life. I love how she’s highlighting the Saudi drifting subculture. MIA is def not your average pop star. She was swaggin out before swag became swag. Real talk.

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  36. @tony3k

    soo sick !!

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  37. Wtf

    Amazing video and good song… way better than than that other shit M.I.A. was in this week

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  38. eXtreme.com

    for some strange reason, i like this chick, i mean how can you hate on the ‘swagger like us’ girl? she’s so f*ckin catchy.

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  39. Chiare

    I was like allll ritttteeee when I saw her dancin on dat car. I like daa song though, beat goez hard.

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  41. yourboycelebrity

    DOPE DOPE DOPE!!!!! M.I.A. stays goin left while everyone esle is goin right in the Industry! Was more surprised the song was Produced by Danja he steped out of his box as well

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