Listen to M.I.A.’s New Single “Foreign Friend”

Ahead of what might be her final album, M.I.A. has released "Foreign Friend," featuring Jamaican dancehall singer Dexta Daps. The track originally leaked back in March, but an official version dropped…
Josh Rosenberg / September 7, 2016

M.I.A. Debuts ‘Freedun,’ Featuring Zayn Malik

M.I.A. is fast approaching the September 9 release date for her fifth and, possibly, final album, A.I.M. To that end, she premiered another new song, "Freedun," on Annie…
Anna Gaca / September 1, 2016

M.I.A. Finally Releases Diplo-Produced Version of ‘Bird Song’

The Diplo-produced version of M.I.A.'s "Bird Song" was supposed to arrive this past Friday, but it appears that issues with her label delayed the release. M.I.A.'s…
Brian Josephs / August 18, 2016

M.I.A. Says the NFL Controversy ‘Buried’ Her Last Album ‘Matangi’

M.I.A.'s last album Matangi — released in late 2013 on her own N.E.E.T. imprint via Interscope — didn't exactly light up the charts, peaking at just No.
Dan Weiss / August 16, 2016

M.I.A. Continues the Album Rollout With ‘Bird Song (Blaqstarr Remix)’

After dropping two cuts from her upcoming album A.I.M. ("Borders" and "Go Off"), M.I.A. continues her run of new music with "Bird Song (Blaqstarr Remix)." Although labeled as a…
Brian Josephs / August 11, 2016

M.I.A. Accuses the MTV Video Music Awards of All the Bad ‘-ism’s

M.I.A.'s activism for Syrian refugees has alienated her from many over the past few months. It cost her a headlining gig at Afropunk London, and…
Brian Josephs / July 28, 2016

Grace Jones Will Replace M.I.A. as Afropunk London’s Headliner

Last week, Afropunk announced that M.I.A. was no longer headlining its inaugural London festival following her rift with the Black Lives Matter movement. Their choice…
Brian Josephs / July 19, 2016

M.I.A. Is No Longer Headlining Afropunk London

M.I.A. will no longer headline Afropunk London. The Sri Lankan artist — who's just released the "Go Off," a single off her upcoming album, A.I.M. — tweeted back in…
Brian Josephs / July 15, 2016

M.I.A.’s New ‘Go Off’ Video Is Dynamite

After premiering new single "Go Off" on Annie Mac's radio show yesterday, M.I.A. has quite literally launched it with a video full of explosive excavations and earthmoving equipment. There are no people…
Anna Gaca / July 15, 2016

M.I.A. Settles on an Album Title, Finally Confirms Release Date

Update: Before its official release on Friday, M.I.A. decided to premiere "Go Off," her collaboration with Skrillex and Blaqstarr, on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show.
Rachel Brodsky / July 14, 2016

M.I.A. Claims to Be ‘On the Verge of Leaking’ New Album

M.I.A. has (again) threatened to leak her fifth studio album, Matahdatah. Back in May, after previewing her new track "Finally," she admitted that she would "love…
Rachel Brodsky / July 11, 2016

The 50 Best Hip-Hop Debut Albums Since ‘Reasonable Doubt’

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we’re publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper’s singular…
SPIN Staff / July 1, 2016

Afropunk Responds to Controversy Surrounding M.I.A.’s Black Lives Matter Comments

Afropunk is getting ready to hold its first festival in London and it's already dealing with a social justice flare-up thanks to M.I.A., the scheduled…
Brian Josephs / June 23, 2016


M.I.A. just dropped "POC THAT STILL A RYDA," a video that she says incorporates several bits and pieces of her upcoming new album. "This song…
Brennan Carley / June 1, 2016

M.I.A. Says Her New Album Is Coming in July

Happy to report that M.I.A. is in the news not for making ill-advised racial commentary, but instead for the prospect of some new music. It looks…
Brian Josephs / May 18, 2016
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