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M.I.A. on Pitchfork


More M.I.A. (Don't snipe me.)

No intentional overload here, but Maya has been making her rounds lately.

From a Pitchfork interview posted this morning:

"I just find it a bit upsetting and kind of insulting that I can't have any ideas on my own because I'm a female or that people from undeveloped countries can't have ideas of their own unless it's backed up by someone who's blond-haired and blue-eyed."

This is a specific reference to the media's approach to Wes (Diplo) and his output in her music. She vents her frustration on how he is identified over and over as her chief collaborator and the mastermind behind a large part of her work. She points out that he only contributed one track for Arular and two for the forthcoming Kala. She also claims that Switch (if anyone) should be pointed out as her chief collaborator on Kala.

I don't believe Maya meant any genuine disrespect toward Wes or anyone else in particular with these statements. But it's quite a fiery interview.