M.I.A. is no stranger to controversy and criticism. But with the recent revelations about government surveillance, she has culled together a grip of remarks that called /\/\/\Y/\ opening track “The Message” paranoid and juvenile on her Tumblr, seemingly as a statement that she was right all along. Back in 2010, this site called for a re-evaluation of the album, citing its prescience in relation to the “over-connected Internet culture we inhabit.” You can read the full collection of quotes here, most of which take to task the lyrics: “headphones connected to the iPhone/iPhone connected to the Internet/connected to the Google/connected to the government.” Earlier this week, M.I.A. premiered new track “Bring The Noize” from her upcoming album Matangi, the release of which, as we reported, was allegedly delayed for being “too positive.” No word on whether she will revisit its production in light of the NSA and PRISM reports.

Comments (10)
  1. /\/\/\Y/\ was ahead of its time I have realized in this post-Death Grips / Yeezus world.

  2. It’s MATANGI.

  3. i’m really happy stereogum still stands by its re-evaluation of /\/\/\Y/\ for the sake of its lyrics, but you can parse and revere the lyrics all you want: it’s still a shitty album.

    • Na, it’s actually very entertaining and lively and thoughtful unless you get headaches easily, which I understand.

      • i just think some of the arrangements are pretty lazy and most of the songs aren’t memorable at all. “born free” is a great song, but i think that video left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. ditto on the ny times article. sometimes i think the circumstances surrounding a record can taint its immediate legacy, and /\/\/\Y/\ is a good example of that.

  4. woozefa  |   Posted on Jun 19th, 2013 0

    i’m always watching out for the google. ask my friends. ‘woozefa is always talking about the google’ they say.

  5. So, I know it takes all types or whatever, and this collection of quotes is probably not a representative sample of the reviews for /\/\/\Y/\… but was it really that hard to believe in 2010 that a large company with tons of user data would be of interest to the government of whatever nation? I was pretty on board with that song initially, though I think I was approaching it as more of a thought exercise (as in, maybe Google is not feeding the government our data right now, but maybe we should ponder how close we are to this scenario). Granted, in light of her claim that the CIA invented Facebook and Google, this song started to seem paranoid to me… I guess I’m just baffled by the number of people who, seemingly off the bat, were like “Google and the government in cahoots? NEVER.” Maybe I’m just assuming that there are more people than there are who are surprised by things like the FISA scandal, but at the same time totally not surprised by shit like this.

  6. I actually thought /\/\/\Y/\ was her best album! Don’t get why she gets all the hate? Kanye, it seems sometimes, gets a free pass.

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