Hometown: London, England
Why she matters: Is there a cooler person on the planet? M.I.A.'s riveting, raucous performance at Coachella suggested there isn't. Also: "Paper Planes." Also Also: She's been scarce as a live performer since the birth of her child in February.
You should know: According to her Twitter page, M.I.A. is "7 songs deep" into her new record.
LISTEN: M.I.A., "Paper Planes" Remix Ft. Jay-Z, Lil Wayne
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