M.I.A. can already feel the sting from the BeyHive following claims Beyonce lifted her sound without credit.
It's career suicide to insinuate such a thing, but M.I.A. has never been one to follow the rules. She's telling Q magazine the Lemonade singer, as well as Madonna and Rihanna have one thing in common: stealing her sound and not giving credit!
“I’m fine with Madonna or Beyoncé or Rihanna being ‘inspired’ by my work”, she said, “but I would like them to then go, ‘Yeah, this immigrant who came out of nowhere influenced us, so maybe not all of them are f**king terrible.”
She added: “They don’t even think like that. They go ‘Yeah, maybe me stealing the stuff says she’s all right. She should be thankful we’re stealing it,’ but sometimes you just think, ‘Fuck, I have to pay some bills,’ you know?'”
She also believes Beyonce's route to international superstardom was easy because of immense support from her family. “Beyoncé comes from the school of Michael Jackson-ness. Where the family built an entire world to support you. From when you were a child. I never had that luxury,” she said. “I’ve you’re working class, music doesn’t belong to you like it used to – it would be really hard for Oasis to happen now.”
“I’m just fodder. A template for pop stars to create more content. We constantly feed the top of the pyramid.”
It's unfair for M.I.A. to assume Beyonce's way to the top was an easy ascent, but there's a history to her bitterness. In 2014, the "Borders" MC crafted a "Flawless" remix for Bey, but Roc Nation never responded to it. “Beyonce camp has not replied for months,” she wrote at the time.
And Madonna, who she collaborated with on "Give Me All Your Luvin," is a pioneer in the business – M.I.A. probably unknowingly borrowed from her, not the other way around.