M.I.A. shares new single/video “Go Off” from forthcoming album ‘A.I.M’, dropped from London Afropunk fest
Back in May, MIA tweeted that she was handing in her last LP to her American label. After saying a she was on the verge of leaking it earlier this week, MIA announced that her new album is titled A.I.M. and will be out September 9. It's her first since 2013's Matangi, Check out the album art via M.I.A.'s Instagram:
M.I.A. also has shared a new single, "Go Off," which was produced Skrillex and Blaqstarr. On the track, MIA raps, "Yeah I’m pressing buttons / Dropping pins on positions / Cause my words go far/ And this rain is so foreign / You blow the place I live in." The message is echoed visually as rocky, desert landscapes rupture from explosions.
Previously, MIA's most recent single was "POC THAT STILL A RYDA," which UMG recently removed from YouTube. Before that, she shared "Rewear It" as part of a partnership with clothing brand H&M to raise awareness for World Recycle Week, The Lion King sampling "MIA OLA/ Foreign Friend," and appeared on Baauer's debut album Aa. Streams of those are below.
In other news: M.I.A. has been dropped from next week's London edition of Afropunk Festival which she was to have headlined on September 24. The festival dropped her after controversial remarks she in London's Evening Standard magazine, "It’s interesting that in America the problem you’re allowed to talk about is Black Lives Matter. It's not a new thing to me — it’s what Lauryn Hill was saying in the 1990s, or Public Enemy in the 1980s. 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 continued, "You can't ask it on a song that’s on Apple, you cannot ask it on an American TV programme, you cannot create that tag on Twitter, Michelle Obama is not going to hump you back."
M.I.A. later claimed she was taken out of context, saying "“A#blacklivesmatter B#Muslimlivesmatter. I’m not Muslim. My criticism wasn’t about Beyoncé. It’s how u can say A not B right now in 2016....My question was,on American platforms what do they allow you to stand up for in 2016. This has been the number 1 question for me." She continued to receive criticism, and said "It's not the first time my words have been twisted - when u see drones we don't think what's the colour of the person flying it? We c USA...If pulling the show saves the cause and lives then that's what I'll do...65million people displaced by 2015 - #WorldRefugeeDay...Sorry I'm not doin Afropunk. I've been told to stay in my lane. Ha there is no lane for 65mil refugees who's lanes are blown up! #nolanes."
That was a month ago, but it wasn't until today (7/15) that Afropunk confirmed she was off the bill:
AFROPUNK has always stood side by side with the thousands of people globally who are involved with our events each year, from the fans attending an AFROPUNK showcase for the first time, to the headline artists playing for capacity crowds on our main festival stages.
A key part of the AFROPUNK ethos has always been educating one another, breaking down boundaries and sparking conversation about race, gender, religion, sex, culture and everything that makes life worth living. This exchange has meant receiving wisdom, as well as imparting it in the most respectful way possible, with the participation of our entire community of fans, creators and artists. This community is something we are incredibly proud of, and this community will always be a priority for us.
We are excited and honored to do our first AFROPUNK Festival in London and want to do it right. After discussing the situation with the artist and the community, a decision was agreed upon by all involved that M.I.A will no longer headline AFROPUNK London.
AFROPUNK will be releasing a new headliner and the second wave of artists on July 19th.