M.I.A.’s music resonates with fan
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 01:09
“I’m fly like paper getting high like planes.” But it didn’t actually start with the song “Paper Planes” that everyone went bananas over. It actually started two years earlier with a song called, “Bad Man,” by Missy Elliott. That’s what introduced me to M.I.A.
She only had a couple lines in the song, but I loved her accent. I couldn’t pinpoint where it came from, I just loved what she sang in the song. It wasn’t all appropriate, but one part I really liked was, “Everyone has a part in our day, though I don’t think we need every key played.” That was neat. I liked that.
Then “Paper Planes” came along. Like most of America, I heard it after the movie “Pineapple Express” came out. Later, I was reading through the “Rolling Stones” magazine and they had a list of the top 10 “today” songs with the best percussion — and who’s on the list? M.I.A. with her song, “Bird Flu.”
I like songs with a lot of percussion, but nonetheless forgot about it until I was walking around the music section of Barnes and Noble when I came across her “Kala” album. It featured both songs, “Paper Planes“ and “Bird Flu.” I got home, listened to her entire album, and I was hooked. I’d never heard anything like it — she had infused rap and hip-hop with world music.
I love different, and this was about as different as it could get. It didn’t stop there. I explored her two earlier albums filled with similar music, though neither was the same. When “Maya” and the E.P. “VikiLeaks” came out, I was all over both of them.
With her wild success from “Paper Planes,” “VikiLeaks,” and “Bad Girls,” her songs sounded more and more like pop.
This really didn’t bother me, though, because I can really listen to and like any genre of music, and the topics were the same.
She would sing about the Sri Lankan civil war and third-world peoples and nations, but not like U2 — she was actually there, and knew what was going on.
M.I.A. actually did live in the war-ravaged country of Sri Lanka, and was forced to flee with her family to India when she was about 11.
Even if it’s all fake, (though no one has discredited her story,) nobody famous talks about stuff like that.
In fact, most pop stars like to hide where they really come from until they’re raking in the cash.
So basically, I love M.I.A, and she is due to have a new record, “Matangi,” out in November. That release date better be right this time, because I am sick of waiting.
She has already released a few teaser songs like “Bring the Noize.” “Only 1 U” and “Come Walk with Me” — the last of which has a really fascinating music video.
This album was supposed to come out in March, then June, and she’s pushed it back one more time to November. She needs to share her new album with us, and soon, or I am going to be a sad Kaitlyn.