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WATCH: M.I.A. Debuts Fantasy “XXXO” Video

It's like a high school yearbook photo from the 1980s, but with glitter, unicorns, and sex appeal!

William Goodman // August 11, 2010

Well, this is certainly a lot less violent than the homicidal bloodbath that was M.I.A.’s clip for “Born Free.”

The video for “XXXO,” the Rusko-produced single off her excellent new album MAYA, just dropped online — and it’s like a high school girl’s fantasy world from the 1980s. Think those embarrassing yearbook portraits with big pouffy hair, gaudy gold jewelry, and cheesy backdrops … but add to the mix old-school digital renderings of swans, roses, glitter, and unicorns, plus Bollywood imagery and one seriously sexy pop provocateur. Watch below!

M.I.A. has been one busy girl recently. In addition to caring for her infant son, the pop star has supported her new album (hear it now!) by appearing at the Creators Project in New York and curating and headlining HARD Fest (see photos here!). She even carved out a little time to dis Lady Gaga and Oprah.

Watch M.I.A.’s “XXXO” video below, then tell us what you think in the comment section. And if you’re confused by the neon blur of contradictions and conflations that is M.I.A., click here to read SPIN’s handy guide to her life and art and everything in between.

WATCH: M.I.A., “XXXO”