M.I.A. and Lady Gaga

M.I.A. Slams Lady Gaga: ‘She’s Not Progressive, But She’s a Good Mimic’

Not everyone is gaga over Lady Gaga. M.I.A. is not holding her tongue about the pop superstar in a new interview.

“People say we’re similar, that we both mix all these things in the pot and spit them out differently, but she spits it out exactly the same,” the “Paper Planes” hitmaker told NME magazine. “None of her music’s reflective of how weird she wants to be or thinks she is.”

Both artists are signed to Interscope Records, but that didn’t stop M.I.A. from lambasting her labelmate. “She models herself on Grace Jones and Madonna, but the music sounds like 20-year-old Ibiza music, you know? She’s not progressive, but she’s a good mimic. She sounds more like me than I fucking do! That’s a talent and she’s got a great team behind her, but she’s the industry’s last stab at making itself important—saying, ‘You need our money behind you, the endorsements, the stadiums.’ Respect to her, she’s keeping a hundred thousand people in work, but my belief is: Do it yourself.”

While the Oscar-nominated rapper, who will release her third album this summer, admitted visuals were important, don’t expect to see her dancing in a prison yard or decked out in caution tape. “It’s not like Haus of Gaga,” she laughed. “Me blindfolded with naked men feeding me apples and shit.”

Gaga wasn’t M.I.A.’s only victim. Ke$ha also bore the brunt of her comments. “I’m more concerned by how someone like Ke$ha can so blatantly copy [electro-rapper] Uffie,” she said. “Everyone’s fine with it. Not a fucking lawsuit in sight.”