UPDATE: M.I.A. felt like "Freedun" was too mainstream, so she added a mainstream artist.
UPDATE: M.I.A. felt like "Freedun" was too mainstream of a song, so she added Zayn and really drove that narrative home.
MIA told Annie Mac: “I handed the album in and I left to go to India. And Zayn called up and got on the song as I was on the way to the airport. I made the song a long time ago, and it was sort-of always too mainstream sounding for me.”
After careful consideration, she decided Zayn would be a perfect fit.
“It just seems perfect to have," she continued. "If I was going to have a collaboration, and have someone like Zayn, then this is the perfect song.”
The indie-pop singer previously said the two messaged each other on WhatsApp, a process M.I.A. is now calling “a virtual situation.”
“The song just kind of happened. He’s from Bradford and I always thought that was pretty cool.”
A.I.M. drops September 9.