“I hate it when big American artists take from me and my work and refugee sentiments from my work before it’s released.”
That is what the rebellious, female MC, M.I.A., neé Mathangi Arulpragasam, said via Periscope when she was fired up by the people who were holding her back from controlling her own musical work. It seems that even though we were able to have services like Tidal giving fair artist royalties and now amended the categories of The Grammy’s to include mixtapes as well, artists, like M.I.A. are still struggling against the industry for certain rights.
This would be the second time that M.I.A. announced and threatened to leak her own highly-anticipated album Matahdatah. Clearly, she is not too pleased with the situation. After she released one of her tracks from the album, she posted via Twitter that she so desperately wishes she could just drop the album herself. “I would love to leak it. I wake up every day and think I’m gonna leak it,” but admitted that keeping her label on side was a priority.
Just this morning, the artist of many opinions tweeted that she is “on the verge” of leaking the LP on her own. She was so distraught by the fact that she has to wait while other artists continue to steal her ideas and are releasing their work way before she even gets to say it’s all to her credit!
Here are the series of tweets she professed today:
The bad-ass figure has already shared a lot of tracks like “Can See Can Do,” “Platforms,” “All My People,” “Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader than a Border,” “Finally,” Rewear It,” “MIA OLA,” “Foreign Friend,” “Borders” and “Temple.” Some are from the album, some are not. It hasn’t been confirmed which ones are which, but she definitely doesn’t want her fans to lose interest in her or her music, trying to stand in the forefront of their minds. But any form of content released of any of these have been taken down by her label, for now.
Last year, she had told online source Inverse that the album was to release sometime in “July. Summertime.” We are here now, and we’re patiently waiting for that record to drop. She had also released another track called “POC THAT STILL A RYDA,” but that was removed from YouTube and other video sources by Universal Music Group.
This project Matahdatah would be her fifth studio album and it would carry on from her last album which she produced back in 2013. According to Ethan Jacobs, of Inverse, the album is still expected to be typical M.I.A. “eclectic and worldly soundscapes with an overarching awareness of the world’s various cultures as well as plenty of political commentary.” Sounds about right. It has also been seen that she’s working very closely with EDM master, Skrillex, for the project in an Instagram post she made months back.
The ethnically Sri-Lankan is frustrated, and her fans fully support her cries. Guess she has decided to let go of the reigns though, to stop fighting, and to just give her “LP” to her American label, Interscope Records.
She ended her rant off by stating a more profound and in-depth wording of her bruised musical ethos:
“If I carry on making music, then I would do that, but I also want to find an album where I can actually make my label work for me.”
That is the trouble with the industry, so many hierarchies and so many empires, and only the artist has to create the music and not get involved with the business. This is why so many artists either try to start their own label or release their work independently sans label.
Nonetheless, we all look forward to Brit-chic girl’s work when it releases (hopefully) this month.