"Foreign Friend" off M.I.A.'s forthcoming album A.I.M. is another thumping mid-tempo track that features the indie-pop singer's blaring vocals over a hollow piano melody. Like most of her recent releases, the tone is edgy and harsh, but the song's collaborator, Dexta Daps, adds a softness (much like "Freedun" with Zayn Malik).
"I spent a lot of time in the Caribbean. Since I'm not allowed to go Sri Lanka since the government banned me. Caribbean is like Sri Lanka without the wall. I've been going there since 2000," M.I.A. tells Beats 1 radio host Zane Lowe of the song's creation. "Dexta's song was on the radio 24/7 and he was like the man, basically, and all the kids were like 'you gotta work with him.' She says that pushed her into it and knew it'd make her friends happy. "No question about it. I had to get some Dexta time."
"I'm gonna be your foreign friend all the way to the end," M.I.A. sings.