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M.I.A.

If you read a lot about new music on the Web, odds are pretty good that, at some point between the September 2004 release of "Galang" and the March 2005 release of Arular, you were struck with the urge to turn your computer off or maybe even heave it out of a nearby window. If you don't read a lot about new music on the Web, the preceding sentence indicates how bewildering and draining the chatter about M.I.A. became. Arular, M.I.A.'s first album, leaked well before its official release, allowing journalists and downloaders plenty of time to dissect it and bat ideas back and forth -- taking in the sounds, words, and absolutely all of the context -- before average music fans were able to develop their own opinions.

Maya Arulpragasam spent the early years of her life in a number of places. She moved from London, England, to her parents' native Sri Lanka at the age of six months, only to relocate to Madras, India. During a return stay in Sri Lanka, the civil war taking place within the country escalated to the point where Arulpragasam began to lose family members and friends. She didn't see her father -- a devout and active separatist as part of the Tamil rebellion, which has clashed with the Sinhalese majority -- often throughout these years, but her life stabilized once she and the rest of her family were able to make it back to London.

As a student, Arulpragasam became involved in the arts and published a monogram book of her paintings titled M.I.A. and heavily influenced by the Tamil rebellion. She later connected with Elastica, providing the photography and graphics for the group's second album, and she shot footage during their American tour. Elastica's support act, Peaches, introduced her to the Roland MC-505, a sequencer she became familiar with after returning home. Steve Mackey (Pulp) and Ross Orton became involved after hearing a demo; they made adjustments to "Galang," a song that was then pressed into 500 copies and released, under the name M.I.A., by the Showbiz label. It didn't take long for the song -- a bold, righteous amalgamation of hip-hop, electro, dancehall, grime, and baile funk -- to make an impact with DJs. She wound up signing a contract with XL, which re-released the single and, eventually, her debut album Arular in 2005. Anticipation for the release was considerable, only heightened by the Piracy Funds Terrorism mixtape she put together with DJ Diplo.

Her second album, Kala, was released in 2007 and was recorded while she spent time in numerous countries. M.I.A. produced most of its tracks with Switch; Blaqstarr, Diplo, and Timbaland also contributed. One single from the album, "Paper Planes," became a surprise hit in summer 2008 after it was used in trailers for the film Pineapple Express; it eventually reached the Top Ten. The soundtrack for the Academy Award-winning Slumdog Millionaire also featured M.I.A.'s music; the release featured new material from the artist and was the first disc issued on her N.E.E.T. label. /\/\/\Y/\, the third M.I.A. album, was released in 2010. After spending two years preparing her fourth studio album, Matangi, she released the single "Bad Girls, a reworked version of a song that debuted on her Vicki Leekx mixtape and featured production by Danja, in early 2012. Around that time, M.I.A. performed "Give Me All Your Luvin'" with Madonna and Nicki Minaj at Super Bowl XLVI's halftime show; during the performance, she extended her middle finger at the camera. A month later, the NFL responded by suing her for $1.5 million, claiming that she breached her contract and tarnished the organization's image. Matangi was originally scheduled for release at the end of 2012, but was delayed until the following year. Two more singles, "Bring the Noize" and "Come Walk with Me," were released in June and September 2013, respectively. Featuring production by Switch and Surkin, Matangi arrived that November. In July 2015, after she had made appearances on A$AP Ferg's Ferg Forever and A$AP Rocky's A.L.L.A. (At Long Last A$AP), M.I.A. released the first in a series of videos related to Matahdata, her fifth album. "Swords" and "Warriors," two of the tracks featured in the clip, were issued as a single. ~ Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Matangi (Explicit)

1. Karmageddon

2. Matangi

4. Warriors

5. Come Walk With Me

8. Bad Girls

9. Boom Skit

10. Double Bubble Trouble

11. Y.A.L.A.

12. Bring The Noize

13. Lights

14. Know It Ain't Right

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Track List: /\/\ /\ Y /\ (Deluxe Edition)

1. The Message

2. Steppin Up

3. Xxxo

4. Teqkilla

5. Lovalot

6. Story To Be Told

7. It Takes A Muscle

8. It Iz What It Iz

9. Born Free

10. Meds And Feds

11. Tell Me Why

12. Space

13. Internet Connection

14. Illygirl

15. Believer

16. Caps Lock

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Track List: Kala

1. Bamboo Banga

2. Bird Flu

3. Boyz

4. Jimmy

8. World Town

9. The Turn

10. XR2

11. Paper Planes

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Track List: Arular

1. Banana Skit

2. Pull Up The People

3. Bucky Done Gun

4. Fire Fire

6. Amazon

7. Bingo

8. Hombre

9. One For The Head Skit

11. Sunshowers

12. Galang

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Track List: Borders (Single) (Explicit)

1. Borders

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Track List: Born Free (Radio Edit) (Radio Single) (Explicit)

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Track List: Born Free EP

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Track List: Boyz (Radio Single)

1. Boyz

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Track List: MAYA (Deluxe)

1. The Message

2. Steppin Up

3. XXXO

4. Teqkilla

5. Lovalot

6. Story To Be Told

7. It Takes A Muscle

8. It Iz What It Iz

9. Born Free

10. Meds And Feds

11. Tell Me Why

12. Space

13. Internet Connection

14. Illygirl

15. Believer

16. Caps Lock

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Track List: Paper Planes (DFA Remix) (Radio Single)

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Track List: Paper Planes: Homeland Security Remixes

1. Paper Planes (Blaqstarr Remix)

2. Paper Planes (Adrock For The Children Remix)

3. Paper Planes (Diplo Street Remix)

4. Paper Planes (DFA Remix)

5. Paper Planes (Scottie B. Remix)

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Track List: Swords (Single)

1. Swords

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Track List: XXXO (Radio Single)

1. XXXO

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Track List: XXXO (The Remixes) EP

1. XXXO (Jay-Z Mix)

2. XXXO (Fulton Yard / WaltBoogie Remix)

3. XXXO (Fulton Yard / Rieces Pieces Remix)

Comments

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Love this song
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I love her song I would listen to it in my moms car and I still do
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bertramsyndi
All I wanna do is (BANG BANG BANG BANG!) and (KKKAAAA CHING!) and ytake your money...
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I fly like paper, get high like planes... =)
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JA Mann !!!! Every Sniper loves this song��❤️Herr Stinger•£€*¥ ~
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But I do love her music it reminds me of when I was younger
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Well I'm not a gangster I'm a mother, I don't roll with things like that but be my guest I have nothing left straight to my head her next song was a 1 hit wonder, I'm not afraid to die, followed by this isn't my paradise and I hardly want to be here anyways
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But at least nonsense is entertaining , s e n s e gets boring.
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The first paragraph of the bio on this page is utter nonsense.
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love love love
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ymalugo06
I wanted to listen to a song composed by Armando Manzanero (great contemp. Mexican author and singer)sung by Lolita Flores- not Lola- title:Mia which in Spanish means "mine".
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Say my name
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✌️❤️
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jljul20
No chain letters !!!!!!!
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annfazio3
My name is Mia too girlfriend ����
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London quiet down I need to make a sound
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This
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Your so so so so cool !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ? ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ? ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Theyare right it is dop.
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faevz123
Paper planes is awesome.
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Love this song
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The the the. The. The. The. Rotherham
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The. The. The. Right now the. Have. That. The. The. Right now. Have. The. Cold. That. Going on. The. Right. Now. Eve day single day. The
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Due credit... The sample back beat is Straight To Hell by The Clash.
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I luv paper planes
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nharris215
Mia is not a hooker
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@legostarwar s l o v e r 0 2
Paper plans is about her being denied a visa to come to the United States.
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this song is literally about robbing people and possibly killing people... like what the heck......
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i listen to his song and im like what has happened to music....?
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elliepet225
They use the song paper planes in vines
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This bio wasn't biased at all!! *rolls eyes*
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I think there's a subliminal message that she may be or want to be a hooker... all i wanna do is bang, bang, bang, bang, and take your money... hmmm
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every time i'm on 'gorillaz radio' this gets played. i can't hear feel good inc for months, but this. i get it everyday. kms
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fster734
totally sucks balls
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Bad azz
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Far cry 3
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Live yo dong paper plane
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I like here music like paper planes n swagger like us
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She's really mia
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Beautiful Disaster :) Love her style
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imran.i.khan s i a
The s**t
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This is a comments feed for MUSIC....not for finding out who your lover is or getting money. Stop w/the bullshit!
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the lyrics r wrong :(
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I love this song
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Every body better dance. To this
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jadadhearns
Happy birthday M.I.A.!!!!!
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I'm so not dancing to this☺️
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Love her.
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lpaulae
Groovy.
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jackyvillas1 5
She lived life in wars real wars if u read her book
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