Dude, you gotta love M.I.A.
I don’t even care if you like her music – though I’m not sure how you couldn’t love “Galang” – but you have to love her as an artist and a badass.
You may have seen that photo above floating around your Facebook recently, reminding everyone about the controversy surrounding her 2010 song “The Message” that featured these lyrics:
Your headphones connected to your iPhone
Your iPhone’s connected to the Internet
The Internet’s connected to the Google
The Google’s connected to the Government.”
Critics went crazy on her, suggesting that her political analysis was simplistic and paranoid. Of course, in the past few weeks it’s become clear that her lyrics were quite prescient, probably more so than any of us would have liked.
And because M.I.A. is who she is, she didn’t just go for a subtle “told ya so” tweet. Instead, she took to Tumblr with a collection of quotes from those critics, and this time, it’s the critics that come off as simplistic. It’s the kind of vindication we all wish we could pull off.
And to complement the recent reminder that M.I.A. is a force to be reckoned with, she released a new track, “Bring The Noize”, from her upcoming fourth album Matangi:
Lyric to consider: “Cause it’s not me and you, it’s the fuckin’ banks!”