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M.I.A. Not Happy She’s In Diplo’s New Video
On Jan. 7, Diplo shared a 20-minute documentary video titled F10RIDA. It’s a retrospective that focuses on the early stages of his career, especially assembling its namesake 2004 album. But M.I.A. – Diplo’s former collaborator and girlfriend — revealed via Twitter that she’s not happy about appearing in the clip.
The only fresh exciting bit in this trip hop "doc" is @ 14.14 Between the butts I'm in there with a brain saving him http://t.co/WIwXv224JI
Indeed, there are a lot of butts in the video, and since the M.I.A. has been on bad terms with the producer for some time, this isn’t surprising. Still, we liked getting a little studio footage of “Galang” and “Paper Planes” among all the booty-shaking.
The video also features an interview with Will Ashon of the label Big Dada, which released F10RIDA back in 2004. The album was re-released in Dec. 2014.
A few months ago, no one could imagine that a presidential election in Sri Lanka would be a real contest. The country’s sitting president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has consolidated his grip to such an extent in recent years that many observers see him as a de facto autocrat. In November, Rajapaksa decided to call early elections to extend his mandate beyond the decade he has already been in power. But the move backfired badly.
Maithripala Sirisena, a former defense minister and health minister in Rajapaksa’s governments, defected along with other prominent Rajapaksa loyalists and has marshaled the country’s disorganized and splintered opposition. Now, Rajapaksa is by no means guaranteed victory when Sri Lanka votes on Thursday. And fears of violence have shrouded the run-up to the polls.
Rajapaksa is a deeply controversial figure: he is credited with ending Sri Lanka’s bitter and bloody three decade-long war with Tamil Tiger separatists in 2009 and reviving the country’s economic fortunes. But critics point to a litany of alleged war crimes in the campaign to defeat the Tamil Tigers and the domineering hold Rajapaksa and his family have over Sri Lanka’s political and economic life.
One of Rajapaksa’s more famous detractors is Maya Arulpragasam, better known as the rapper M.I.A. The British musician is an ethnic Sri Lankan Tamil whose father had ties to the Tamil separatist cause and whose earlier life was shaped by the tumult and upheaval of the conflict. Over the weekend, M.I.A. issued a series of tweets condemning Rajapaksa, his grip on the levers of power in the country, as well as his government’s alleged intimidation of journalists:
People who think RAJAPAKSHA should stay -please don't get tricked into thinking he will be more accountable in power.
But the outspoken musician is hardly supporting Sirisena, Rajapaksa’s former ally turned opponent. Like Rajapaksa, Sirisena is Buddhist and Sinhalese, the majority ethnic group in the island nation. Sirisena, 63, appeals most strongly to the country’s Sinhalese heartland, which is a world away from the plight of Tamil refugees and asylum seekers that M.I.A. seeks to champion.
“Born Free” makes NME’s Best Music Video Of The Decade List
M.I.A.’s “Born Free” comes in at number six on NME’s Best Music Video of The Decade.
6. MIA – ‘Born Free’
M.I.A. put this uncompromisingly graphic Romain Gavras-directed video out without prior warning to her label, and it transcends mere promo. Art statement and political statement, ‘Born Free’ had much to say about the times we’re living through, presenting oppression and genocide with a twist to make us think in a way we might not’ve done before.
Terius Nash Covers M.I.A. Covers New Order at Vice’s 20th Birthday Bash
You know how Vice threw their 20th birthday party? Reports have surfaced from the show—it sounds like it was an absurd, amazing night. Yes, there were performances from the previously announced lineup (Jarvis Cocker, Lil Wayne, Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson, Chromeo, Stephen Malkmus, Andrew W.K., Black Lips, more), but there were also loads of surprises. View the setlist here.
Here are a few things that happened last night:
Jarvis Cocker did Celine Dion’s “Power of Love”.
Jonah Hill and Spike Jonze covered Drake’s song “Marvin’s Room”.
Stephen Malkmus covered the Black Crowes’ song “Remedy”.
The Black Lips and Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham did Jay Reatard’s “My Shadow”. Terius Nash (aka The-Dream) covered M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes”.