Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Civil rights mafia queen MIA talks Lady Gaga, Google, and future of music

I mean she just get's cooler and cooler and COOLER.

Maya Arulpragasam, better know to the music kids as guerrilla art phenom MIA, sits down w/ NME to discuss politics, Mama Monster, and the current state of music.

She's been through a SHIT storm of municipal red tape over the last 18 months, most likely attributed to her outspokenness towards the Sri Lankan government, publicly accusing them of "genocide" for their part in a 26 year old civil war.  Being stranded in the US w/ a new baby for a year and a half has been taxing on the young superstar.  MIA claims they’ve been “pulling the strings” recently to make life difficult: disappearing visa applications and hacking into her Twitter and email accounts, “wishing all kinds of crazy illness on my baby and stuff like that”.

Okay, Sri Lanka.  Really?  REALLY?  Just let the bitch go home. She's got doobs to roll... AHEM, I mean "paper planes" to fold....

MORE, including newly released song, IN THE JUMP!!!

On  Mama Monster: "... there's Lady Gaga - people say we’re similar, that we both mix all these things in the pot and spit them out differently... but she’s the industry last’s 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."

On Google: "I’m always encouraging people to be more vocal. Google’s more powerful than any government now - people think it’s God. They’re storing all our data and one day they’re gonna turn against us. That’s what my new album’s about - I’m living fucking proof that politics doesn’t work."

On the future of music: "[It's] In people’s hard drives and their brains, it just hasn’t been outputted yet. It’s really important to be physical, especially now so many of us have become typists and voyeurs. We need a digital moshpit like we’ve never seen, harder than how people were doing it in the punk era. We need that energy, but digitally. It’s coming."

FUCK, I love this bitch.  Also in the article, she announced a new album to be released later this year (!!!!!!!!!!!!), including collaborations w/ DJ Blaqstarr, dub-step producer Rusko, and ex-boyfriend, Diplo. Expect the release late spring, and for it to be "really odd" and "more musical" than her previous efforts. Read the entire article here.

via ONTD for NME

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