M.I.A. Shoots ‘XXXO’ Video on Flip Cam

Hype Williams may be accustomed to large budgets and state-of-the-art equipment, but when you’re working with M.I.A., expect the unexpected. The Sri Lankan artist is mixing in the director’s scenes for her music video with footage she shot on her personal Flip cam.

M.I.A. explained why the video for her single “XXXO” has yet to debut. “When I leave here, I’m gonna work on the ‘XXXO’ video,” she told fans during a chat organized by 102.7 KIIS FM on Tuesday. “I had to go and shoot it last night to get some extra footage.”

But instead of calling on Hype to direct the additional visuals, she took matters into her own hands. “I had to reshoot the video on a Flip, so I’m gonna edit in some Hype Williams footage and some Flip footage, and you guys can check out the video really soon,” she said. “I’ve been sort of animating and shit and stuff.”

In addition to finishing her video, M.I.A. will headline HARD with supporting acts Rye Rye, N.E.R.D., Major Lazer, and more in Los Angeles on July 17 and New York on July 24.