M.I.A. will be releasing her fourth proper album in December alongside a book, documentary, and art exhibition, the international pop provocateur revealed yesterday. The news came as part of a Twitter exchange with her online followers about the new LP, set to be titled Matangi. M.I.A. being M.I.A., the discussion was entertaining and hardly straightforward.
Asked the LP’s genre, Maya responded, “paul simon on acid” (not, sadly, “pop electrohop,” the descriptor critic Robert Christgau also deployed yesterday). Asked about collaboration possibilities, including Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga, M.I.A. tweeted: “no collabs ! maybe its based on what they stand for. nobody can cross it, only that know can cross it.” Most deliciously, when asked what producers worked on the album, she said, “ones that dont act like fame whore coloniser.” Which: zing.
Then again, she also answered a question about a parrot being on the album by saying: “the parrot wanted to get paid ridiculous amounts of $$$$$$ we are in sorting out paper work.” And when asked what places in the world had inspired the album, she said, “i couldnt think of anywhere crazy to go and id been everywhere, so i stepped through the tunnel and WENT IN.” Speaking of delicious, she said you can eat the album, explaining, “its sweet and sour bitter and salt and HOT !” See, she already provided the grains of salt.
The album is still in the works, according to the Twitterview. As for the number of tracks: “could be 5 it could be 15 depends on what sounds good in my bros CAR.” One of M.I.A.’s favorite lyrics on the LP, she said, is: “truth is like a rotten tooth u gottu spit it out!!!”
This much is clear: M.I.A. isn’t backing down after provoking controversy with such antics as her Super Bowl bird-flipping incident earlier this year. “No one in the industry collected blows in the last 3 years as much as me,” she wrote. “This [Matangi] is a fuck you to them and a thank you to you.”
On Monday, M.I.A. also posted what she had said would be a track list for the album, which you can check out below. For whatever reason, her recent MTV Video Music Award-nominated video and remix selection “Bad Girls” isn’t on it, but she has since confirmed that the song will indeed be on the record. No further word about that talking parrot, though.