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New M.I.A. Due This Summer

Kala’s followup was produced with Blaqstarr, will be more personal and honest (“I don’t want it to be gimmicky or silly or hipstery”), and includes the song “I’m Down Like Your Internet Connection” featuring Filipino Verizon workers singing the hook. RS spoke with her. More »

By: brandon / January 11, 2010 - 3:13 pm

Street Scene 2009 In Photos

Some 30,000 people over two days crammed into the six-block area in San Diego’s East Village that hosted the 25th annual Street Scene this past weekend. That’s a strong number, albeit down from last year when people weren’t scrambling for money to put food on their families. Still, those who made it witnessed a righteou… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 1, 2009 - 3:12 pm

Outside Lands 2009 In Photos

Last year, San Fran’s inaugural Outside Lands festival featured Radiohead, but also power outage issues. This year: No Radiohead, but abundant electricity. Trade-offs! While Thom was twisting words at the Reading and Leeds fests in the motherland, Golden Gate park welcomed three days of artists that cut a wide demographic swath, including smart hip ho… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 1, 2009 - 9:39 am

New Very Best – “Yalira”

Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit’s the Very Best project is releasing a a 7″ of “Warm Heart Of Africa” in advance of their debut album of the same name.” You already have that title track, which paired Esau with Ezra on a blast of sunny pop that further authenticated Koenig’s evident interest in Afropop; now gra… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 18, 2009 - 2:39 pm

Nump (Feat. M.I.A) – “Legalize My Medicine”

M.I.A. does verses on the chilly NORML-approved “Legalize My Medicine,” the first single from Nump’s Student Ov Da Game. It’s not about Robitussin, peoples. Listen, download, and puff with a passion at Siccness (via Urb). More »

By: brandon / July 8, 2009 - 12:45 pm

New Rye Rye (Feat. M.I.A.) Video – “Bang”

M.I.A. protegé Rye Rye unleashed this banger around SXSW time, as one of the first releases on Maya’s nascent N.E.E.T. label. And the 18 year old’s first single is cloaked in her mentor’s matronhood, from the hook’s “bang”s, to the video dancers’ neon outfits (a la Coachella), to the video’s directorial credit (it’s Arulpragasam’s debut… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 1, 2009 - 11:51 am

Bill Maher Interviews M.I.A.

In the wake of escalating atrocities in the Tamil/Sinhalese civil war in Sri Lanka, Maya met Maher on Friday night to explain her people’s plight to Bill’s Real Time audience. (She’s the one labeled “Tamil Rapper.”) There’s a quick octo-mom joke with respect to M.I.A.’s very-pregnant Rap Pack Grammy performance, otherwise she’s cast strictly a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 26, 2009 - 10:25 am

Oprah, Maya, Maya, Oprah

On Tuesday M.I.A. met O.P.R.A.H. at the “Time 100″ dinner honoring the year’s most influential people outside of 4chan (marblecake, also the game, guys). That’s the new BFFs with Maya’s fiance/Seagram heir Benjamin Brewer. According to a Gayfish-style all caps recap on M.I.A.’s blog, Oprah complimented the Oscar-nominated hip-hop artist on her cheap jacket and… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 7, 2009 - 1:43 pm

M.I.A. Joins Coachella ’09 Line-Up

She tweeted the news last night, and it was confirmed earlier today. Maya replaces dropout Amy Winehouse on Saturday and it’ll be her first performance since giving birth to a beautiful baby boy not named Ickitt. (UPDATE: He’s named Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman. Big difference.)… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 20, 2009 - 5:46 pm

New Rye Rye (Feat. M.I.A.) – “Bang”

The Rye Rye/M.I.A. connections run deep: the pair toured relentlessly on the back of Kala, Rye teamed up with Afrikan Boy on the Paper Planes (Homeland Security Remixes) EP, now the 18 year-old is releasing her debut LP on Mama Arulpragasam’s nascent N.E.E.T. label. M.I.A. doesn’t do much more than “Bang” repeatedly on this Blaqstarr-produced… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 16, 2009 - 10:19 am

M.I.A. Had A Boy And He’s Cute

No, M.I.A. didn’t have her baby at the Grammys, but she did have her baby on Wednesday, 2/11. With the little guy just a few days old, she stopped by MySpace to announce her and Benjamin Bronfman’s son. Make sure to click on the YouTube link:


By: brandon / February 17, 2009 - 5:14 pm

The 2009 Grammys: Just The Good Parts

NARAS’s flirtation with attempting to matter in 2009 went alright last night. There was so much promised we had Videogum come over to help us log our reactions across as many internet platforms as possible, and even with all that fun and all the performances it still felt like 32 hours of schelp in four-hour… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 9, 2009 - 10:06 am

Liveblogging The 2009 Grammys

Welcome to the Grammys 2009, which promises to be a very special night in which Radiohead will perform with the USC marching band (proof!) and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss will win all the awards. Of course with all the promised performances there will be barely any time to hand out tiny gramophones. So far… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 8, 2009 - 7:00 pm

Only Slumdog, WALL-E Nominated For Best Song Oscar

Fan favorite Slumdog Millionaire has 2/3 of the song nominations, Peter Gabriel’s WALL-E tune the other third. M.I.A. doesn’t get a direct nod, outside of releasing the soundtrack on her imprint. And Golden Globe winner the Boss must be pissed. As far as scores, Slumdog and WALL-E are joined by three other films that had… More »

By: brandon / January 22, 2009 - 9:41 am

Lily Allen Covers The Clash Song “Paper Planes” Sampled

Or, in words your parents will understand: Lily Allen did a cover of the Clash’s “Straight To Hell” with the original’s co-writer Mick Jones, no less. Originally released in 1982 as the third single from Combat Rock, “Straight To Hell” returned to the spotlight last year after its familiar opening riff was sampled on M.I.A.’… More »

By: brandon / January 20, 2009 - 1:52 pm

New N.A.S.A. (Feat. M.I.A., Santogold, Spank Rock & Nick Zinner) – “Whachadoin”

Technically N.A.S.A. (North America/South America) = beatmakers Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon, but as you might’ve noticed when we posted The Spirit Of Apollo’s “Gifted” — featuring Kanye West, Santogold, and Lykke Li — the project also includes a shitload of guest vocal spots. See, for example, the names listed after “feat.” in the… More »

By: brandon / January 12, 2009 - 4:50 pm

New M.I.A. Video – “Paper Planes (Slumdog Millionaire Remix)”

This is 2008, so how about some more “Paper Planes.” M.I.A.’s ubiquitous anthem gets showcased in Slumdog Millionaire, but this version is the slightly funky remix that pops up on the OST. Here it’s set to footage from the film, which you still should go see. Watch and listen at imeem. More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 16, 2008 - 2:45 pm

Radiohead, Lil Wayne Nominated For Album Of The Year Grammy

Remember the 50th Annual Grammy Awards? Alicia Keys duetting with the ghost of Sinatra? rapping nonsense? Album of the Year River: The Joni Letters??? It’s easy (and fun!) to make fun of the Grammys, but last year they really deserved it, and viewers voiced their discontent by watching Extreme Makeover instead. For ceremony #51… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 3, 2008 - 9:42 pm

New M.I.A. (Clothing Advertisement Dressed As A) Video – “Shells”

Continuing being totally retired, Maya’s got a new video today. The first title card to splash across the screen credits “Film & Clothes” to M.I.A. — which means it’s essentially a spot for her seizure-baiting fashion line. But she remains of full belly, which means you won’t see her wearing any of it. In fact… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 1, 2008 - 5:30 pm

Great Movie Slumdog Millionaire Has New M.I.A. Song

I know it might be a bit much to say Slumdog’s a “Great Movie” in a music blog post title because I am not a film critic (yet). But last night I got into a long conversation with Lindsay about it and she agrees, so I’m just gonna say it’s the Best Movie and you… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 25, 2008 - 10:50 am
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