Hear M.I.A.’s Drastic Remix of Beyonce’s ‘Flawless’
"My surfboard bitches ride waves, love, all day."
M.I.A. is suddenly back in action. Over the weekend, SPIN shot her show in Queens, and on Monday night she brought her dystopian dance party to Late Night With Seth Meyers. Now, she lets loose her previously teased remix of Beyoncé’s “Flawless,” dubbed “Baddygirl 2.” Lest you assume the timing is an elevator-adjacent distraction tactic from the Knowles clan, Maya Arulpragasam shared the song with the following introduction:
Beyonce camp has not replied for months > SO HERE > https://t.co/YuFuLSlswP
— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) May 13, 2014
The track is a thrill-ride of a feminist dance-floor anthem that drastically reinvents the stunning original while also sampling Queen Bey’s 2008 hit “Diva.” As if there was ever any question, M.I.A. lets us know she’s “for the woman and of course Bey-on-cé.” But also, she’s for the dudes: “My surfboard bitches ride waves, love, all day / Men and women are fiftay-fiftay.” Stop reading and hit play: