Diplo Disses M.I.A., Danger Mouse Vid + More
Plus: The Library of Congress unveils a database of 10,000 historical recordings, James Blake drops new tune, and more!
Diplo has dissed M.I.A., his one-time collaborator and girlfriend, again in a new interview, calling the rapper out for politicizing her music and saying her latest album MAYA was poor.
“She’s not an easy artist to criticize because she’s very left-leaning, she’s progressive, she’s a woman,” Diplo told Women’s Wear Daily. “She’s good in a lot of aspects, but when it comes to die-hard, facts-on-the-ground politics, she’s at zero. She’s nothing. I told her at the beginning of the third record, like, do not bring politics into this. Obama’s the president, for one. You just can’t glamorize terrorism, it’s not cool… You can’t hide behind that shit. But she totally did. She didn’t have a plan B. I told her from the beginning, it’s not going to work.”
Danger Mouse and Italian composer Daniele Luppi have released an interactive video for “3 Dreams of Black,” a track from their spaghetti-western themed Rome album. Head here to watch it (users are required to install the Google Chrome browser).
The Library of Congress has teamed up with Sony to launch the National Jukebox, an online database of more than 10,000 historical recordings that are available to stream for free. [National Jukebox]
British singer James Blake has released a new track “Give a Man a Rod,” a re-jiggered version of a song from his early EP Bells Sketch. Listen over at Pitchfork.