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M.I.A.’s Baby, Ikyhd, Is Adorable

M.I.A. isn’t one to shy away from controversial publicity, but somehow, she’s been able to keep the chubby-cheeked cuteness that is her son Ickitt Ikyhd (darn Splash News) under wraps for quite some time. Thanks to the paps, my biological clock continues to tick loudly in my ear. [NYC, 6/29/10] Keep reading »

M.I.A. Writes Song About New York Times Reporter


Even after Tweeting journalist Lynn Hirschberg’s phone number, M.I.A. is still on the war path in retaliation for The NY Times Magazine cover story that she feels portrays her in a negative light. This weekend, she unleashed her anger on her blog, where she posted snippets of the interview she claims were taken out of context. And one of them is about a detail as trivial as what flavor French fry she ate during the interview. Now M.I.A. has even written a song about the debacle called “I’m a Singer.” The lyrics go, “I’m a singer/Never said anything else/I didn’t lie to you/Thinking of somebody else.” Oh, and another choice snippet: “You’re a racist, I wouldn’t trust you one bit.” I think it’s time for M.I.A. to drop it and move on. [EW] Keep reading »

Quotable: M.I.A. Isn’t Impressed With Lady Gaga

“With our video, we were really copying ‘Telephone‘. Both our videos are road movies. We kill people, and they kill people. They start out in a prison, and we start out in a squat, hunting people down. I can’t talk about Gaga anymore. All I’ll say is, it’s upsetting when babies say ga-ga now. It used to be innocent. Now, they’re calling her name … You can’t really say that Gaga is culturally a change. Madonna was truly unique.”

M.I.A. goes in on Lady Gaga, who she has said is a fraud and isn’t pretty enough to be a pop star. You can read the rest of M.I.A.’s New York Times profile here. [Dlisted] Keep reading »

M.I.A. Tweets New York Times Reporter’s Number

When a journalist does a profile piece about a subject, sometimes they end up looking good and other times, well, not so much. Apparently, M.I.A. thinks all reporters have to be nice to her. She proved today that if she isn’t pleased with the story, she’ll retaliate in a ridiculously childish way. Upset by a New York Times Magazine cover story by Lynn Hirschberg, M.I.A. Tweeted the reporter’s phone number. Her Tweet made it look like the number was hers and said, “Call me if you wanna talk to me about the NYT Truth issue…” Hirschberg handled the situation much better than the obnoxious rapper, whose video for “Born Free” we still aren’t feeling. She said, “It’s a fairly unethical thing to do, but I don’t think it’s surprising,” she said.”She’s a provocateur, and provocateurs want to be provocative.” Surprisingly, Hirschberg won’t be changing her digits. [Gawker] Keep reading »

Quotable: M.I.A. Is TOTALLY A Justin Bieber Fan

“If I’m honest, I find the new Justin Bieber video… more of an assault to my eyes and senses than what I’ve made.”

M.I.A., the Sri Lanken rapper behind my 2008 jam, “Paper Planes,” on Justin Bieber’s video for (probably, since she wasn’t specific) “One Time.” M.I.A. recently caused controversy with the video for her song “Born Free,” because of its overt violence and nudity. You know what’s more of an assault to my eyes than either of those videos? The Bieb’s hair. [Zeitgeisty Report] Keep reading »

What Do You Think Of M.I.A’s “Born Free” Video?

Most music videos from female superstars involve sequins, big hair, choreographed dance numbers and, lately, no pants. Not the case for M.I.A. Her new vid for “Born Free,” directed by Romain Gavras, shows military dudes with American flags on their shoulders rounding up redheads from an apartment complex and bringing them to the desert, where one of them—a kid—is shot in the head at point-blank range. Near the end of the video, another guy is literally blown apart by a bomb. Obviously, the video has created a ton of controversy. It’s been pulled from YouTube less than a day after being posted. (A representative from the site said, “YouTube rules prohibit content like pornography or gratuitous violence. If the content breaks our terms then we remove it.”) You can still watch it on Vimeo, though. [NY Times] Keep reading »

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