Rapper revealed the news during a Periscope Q&A.

M.I.A. To Drop New Album In July

LP was set to to feature Rihanna, but the collab never came about due to conflicting schedules.

Despite the fact that she previously said she can’t promote her LP in the U.S. (due to a lack of a visa), M.I.A. plans on dropping the follow-up to 2013’s Matangi in July.

In an almost 14-minute Q&A with fans on Tuesday (May 17), the rapper unleashed the monumental news, detailing the fact that the collection will be made up of 12 songs and will not include a sample of the famed “Circle of Life” from The Lion King. Considering that M.I.A. doesn’t have a working visa in the America, it’s been extremely hard for her to collaborate with anyone Stateside, so that’s caused a bit of a problem for her team-ups, including one potential duet with Rihanna.

Regarding the overall nature of the LP, M.I.A. said that the album is focused on surviving the beast as opposed to fighting it.

“[I realized] you can make a record that’s happy about surviving and not constantly talk about fight. 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.”

Still, that doesn’t mean that M.I.A. fans haven’t had their share of new music from the rapper. In recent months, she’s dropped “Rewear It,” “Temple,” “Boom ADD” and, of course, “Borders.”

Watch M.I.A.’s Periscope Q&A session to hear her thoughts about dream collaborators, what she’s listening to and the future of her documentary.

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