M.I.A.

Mar
10
M.I.A. Previews Remix to Beyoncé’s ‘Flawless’

Beyoncé and M.I.A.

M.I.A. is giving ‘Yonce the remix treatment. The “Paper Planes” hitmaker has recorded her own version of Beyoncé’s empowering female anthem “***Flawless.”

“finished flawless what do I do with it @beyonce,” M.I.A. tweeted on Monday.

She later posted a preview of the song on Instagram. With the remix playing off her iPhone, she and her son Ikhyd danced along.

“Baddie girl, baddie girl,” raps M.I.A. over the reworked Hit-Boy beat.

Listen to Maya put her spin on “***Flawless.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Dec
31
M.I.A. Leaves Roc Nation

M.I.A.

Out with the old, in with the new. M.I.A. is saying goodbye to Roc Nation in 2013.

Read the rest of this entry »

Dec
3
New Music: M.I.A. – ‘Trouble Again’

M.I.A.

Here comes trouble. M.I.A. lives up to her reputation on “Trouble Again,” an exclusive bonus track off her album Matangi.

“Oh oh, you’re in trouble/ I step up in the game and I burst that bubble,” she raps over the dancehall-infused beat.

Matangi has earned a spot on the critics’ year-end lists. The album ranked No. 11 on SPIN’s 50 Best Albums of 2013 and No. 47 on Rolling Stone‘s top albums.

Spotify users can stream the song below.

Read the rest of this entry »

Nov
21
M.I.A. Performs on ‘The Colbert Report’

M.I.A.

M.I.A. brought Matangi to “The Colbert Report” on Wednesday. After wrapping her brief U.S. tour last week, the Sri Lankan rapper performed her single “Y.A.L.A.” with a red and green effect made to look like her album cover. For the non-televised encore, she continued with “Come Walk With Me.”

She also sat down for an interview and spoke about mixing politics with her music. “I was really inspired by a lot of American artists like Bob Dylan, Public Enemy,” she said. “So about the time I put out my first song and came to America, I thought you guys were used to it already. I didn’t realize it was so shocking.”

When asked what she thinks of the U.S., she responded, “I think it’s an interesting place, adding, “In my mind, there’s no countries. We’re all one. We all live on this planet.”

Watch the guns go off when she enters the building.

Read the rest of this entry »

Nov
14
Video: M.I.A. – ‘Y.A.L.A.’

M.I.A.

M.I.A. lights up the screen in the electrifying video for “Y.A.L.A.” (You Always Live Again). Fresh off the debut of her album Matangi, the Sri Lankan rapper teams with i-D magazine and fashion house KENZO for the epilepsy-inducing clip, directed by Daniel Sannwald.

i-D sums it up perfectly as a “rainbow rave explosion starring glow-in-the-dark goddess M.I.A.” It even carries its own warning for its flashing images.

Grab some Cointreau, put it in your poncho, and watch the explosive results.

Read the rest of this entry »

Nov
14
M.I.A. Performs ‘Y.A.L.A.’ on ‘Conan’

M.I.A.

After wrapping her “Matangi” tour in L.A. on Tuesday, M.I.A. brought the noize to “Conan.” Dressed in all red, the trendsetting rapper performed her raucous single “Y.A.L.A.” against a lit backdrop that looked just like her live show.

Her fourth album Matangi debuted at No. 23 on the Billboard 200 this week with 15,000 copies sold.

She may put some of her unreleased material on a mixtape. “At some point, I’ve got to get back to London and actually have the time,” she told Revolt TV. “I know that I can put it together in a day, but I need to get there and collect my thoughts on it.”

Next up, she will perform on “The Colbert Report” on Nov. 20.

Read the rest of this entry »

Nov
8
M.I.A. Performs with The Roots on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’

M.I.A.

With her fourth album Matangi in stores, M.I.A. stopped by “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday night for an interview and performance.

The Sri Lankan rapper recounted her embarrassing run-in with The Roots at a club in Japan, where she hit a glass wall and fell down.

“That was the coolest fall of all time,” said Questlove.

She later performed her single “Come Walk With Me” with some help from the band, marking her first time performing with a band in the U.S.

If you’re in L.A., you can catch her performing at the Belasco Theater on Monday and Tuesday during her “Matangi” tour. She will also perform on “Conan” on Nov. 13 and “The Colbert Report” on Nov. 20.

Watch M.I.A. rock with The Roots below.

Read the rest of this entry »