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07.08.13 Andy Cush

Defenders of the old copyright order say it’s all about protecting content creators–if you download an album or movie for free, the logic goes, you’re depriving an artist of the income he or she deserves and disincentivizing them to continue making art. While that’s usually true to some degree, it leaves out something important out; […]

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06.20.13 Andy Cush

Each week in Sample Wars, we’ll pit two songs which sample the same source material head-to-head against each other, to determine which one rocked the sample better. Between a new single, a new album coming (we hope), and an awesome rebuff to those who dismissed her last record, M.I.A. seems poised for a full-on comeback. In […]

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06.19.13 Andy Cush

/\/\ /\ Y /\, M.I.A.’s third album, looked almost like a career-killer when it was released in 2010. A New York Times Magazine profile released at the time singlehandedly turned public opinion against M.I.A., and the album’s noisy, industrial-influenced sound threatened to topple the the precarious balance between pop and provocation she had maintained on her first […]

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01.04.11 Marina Galperina

Maya Arulpragasam a.k.a. M.I.A. a.k.a. Mrs Truffle Fries has a new “WikiLeaks-inspired,” rebel-name checking mixtape: ViCKi LEEKX. The name sounds like a parody porno. The music sounds like me me me: […]

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09.22.10 Marina Galperina

In this week’s edition of This vs. That… Left: M.I.A.‘s new video full of old web junk, Story To Be Told. Right: nausea-inducing junkyard of html gibberish on yyyyyyy.info that’s puzzled many a visitor. They’re similar, but they’re not. Let’s find out WTF they really are! […]

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07.30.10 Marina Galperina

Vimeo Festival takes on the Guggenheim’s YouTube contest with a mixed bag of judges of their own: M.I.A., David Lynch, Adam Quirk of Wreck & Salvage, a bunch o’ video production and animation peeps, an ethics professor and more to be announced. […]

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07.28.10 Bucky Turco

Last Saturday, singer-poet M.I.A. performed at Governors Island and by virtually all accounts, it was a complete disaster. And that was before the bad weather forced her off stage! Sensing the mounting rage by even her most ardent fans, she tweeted the following to anyone still willing to listen: […]

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07.27.10 Marina Galperina

So, why was M.I.A.‘s buddy dir. Romain Gavras executing redheads in her ‘Born Free’ video? For practice! Here’s a new (tad NSFW) French trailer for his feature Notre Jour Viendra (Redheads) of familiar ginger gangland motifs. […]

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05.28.10 Marina Galperina

Earlier, Ryan McGinley’s had M.I.A. jumping through basketball hoops and prancing around NYC’s impromptu street fires. After Lynn Hirschberg’s NYT feature presented M.I.A. as a bourgeois, under-informed political poseur (even giving M.I.A.’s ex Diplo a chance to rag on her “terrorist shtick”), M.I.A. got all mad and Tweeted the journalist’s personal cell number. Counterproductive: The […]

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04.27.10 Marina Galperina

M.I.A’s video for ‘Born Free’ features a violent US military raid, nude sex, old men smoking crack, soldiers beating old women and a little kid getting his head blown off. And we should be surprised it got pulled from YouTube? Seems like a planned PR move. Well played. […]

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