M.I.A. says she’s on the verge of leaking her new album reportedly titled ‘Matahdatah.’


M.I.A. says she’s on the verge of leaking her new album reportedly titled Matahdatah.

Never afraid to speak her mind, English rapper M.I.A. says she’s tired of “big American artists” appropriating her work and her “refugee sentiments” and is “on the verge” of leaking her upcoming LP in light of the drama surrounding her headlining performance at Afropunk and her comments on the Black Lives Matter movement. Billboard points out she doesn’t expressly address either in her new blast on Twitter, but does use the term “not your mule.” The line gained attention after this year’s Oscars when “black voices were called upon to speak up on behalf of non-black people of color.”

I hate it when big American artists take from me and my work and refugee sentiments from my work before it’s released – survivor !!!,” she said. “SO ON THE VERGE OF LEAKING THIS LP – ESPECIALLY WHEN I GET TOLD TO “FIGHT UR OWN BATTLE” , “NOT YOUR MULE” REFUGEES GOT THEIR PLATFORM ETC”

“Is Beyoncé or Kendrick Lamar going to say Muslim Lives Matter? Or Syrian Lives Matter? Or this kid in Pakistan matters? That’s a more interesting question,” she said in a recent interview with Evening Standard. “And you cannot ask it on a song that’s on Apple, you cannot ask it on an American TV program, you cannot create that tag on Twitter, Michelle Obama is not going to hump you back.”

M.I.A. has been an outspoken supporter for refugees and has several songs/videos about it. One of the tunes from the record is “Poc That Still a Ryda,” which she described as “a mix of all the songs on my upcoming Lp.”

“[I realized] you can make a record that’s happy about surviving and not constantly talk about fight,” she said earlier this year. “At the end of the day, I feel like—maybe this is totally gibberish to everyone—but it’s probably better to remind people about survival than it is about the moment you go to battle. Because that’s just a moment.”

She’s also dropped songs for “Rewear It,” “Temple,” “Boom ADD” and, of course, “Borders.”

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