Mon 30 Jan 2012
By the end of this week, M.I.A. will have been on American Idol (premiering Madonna’s “Give Me All Your Lovin'” video with her and Nicki Minaj), and at the halftime show of the Superbowl. How in the world can you possibly even pretend to be some kind of edgy anti-establishment fight-the-power “bad girl” at this point? But M.I.A. is still hanging onto her hipster metrocard, despite her billion-dollar baby, and upcoming hank-williams-jr astroturf status.
And just in time to confuse the Middle Americans who will be tuning in to watch “Madonner” between bites of cheesy bread on Sunday…M.I.A. drops “Bad Girls,” (via Pitchfork) the lead single for her upcoming 4th album. The song is produced by Danja (Timbaland’s “co”-producer) and sounds pretty much like you’d expect. It’s not horrible. It’s just disappointing.
“Bad Girls” sounds like Gwen Stefani adopting another new ethnicity, or Eve giving it another go with whoever Dr. Dre has locked in his basement, or Kreyshawn doing an Old Navy ad. Zzzz. But with all of the new things that M.I.A. has seen/been bought/been fed in the last few years of her interesting journey…I’d think she’d be able to pull up some of that rich girl rage and act out. (Like with that nutty “Born Free” video) We’ll see what happens with Friday’s “Bad Girl” video debut, also by “Born Free” director Romain Gavras. Will there be black humor and apocalyptic violence? Or just multi-culti kitsch and bad Islamic calligraphy fonts. Oh, wait…that’s already on the single art.
Listen to M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls”….after the jump
New Music: M.I.A. “Bad Girls” (produced by Danja, off the upcoming Maya album)
PS: “Bad Girls” is a finished version of a song off M.I.A.’s most recent mixtape, Vicki Leekx. I guess even if the new album doesn’t deliver, a new promo run promises a new season of M.I.A. crazy talk. That’s one of my favorite things. Remember the backhanded Jay-Z comments and the Lady Gaga diss?
PPS: How hamtastic do you think this Superbowl show will be? Madonna is doing “Gimme All Your Luvvin,” “Ray of Light” and “Vogue.” All safe. Where’s her signature advertiser abuse going to come from?!
Madonna Previews “Give Me All Your Luvin” With Nicki Minaj & M.I.A. (Video)
New Music: M.I.A. “27″ (Amy Winehouse Dedication)
New Mixtape: M.I.A. Vicki Leekx
M.I.A. performs “Born Free” on David Letterman, talks about working w/ Nicki Minaj etc
M.I.A. talks to Angie Martinez: I like both Jay-Z and Nas, but…people respect Nas [even though] he’s not a private-jet yacht kind of guy
New Video: M.I.A. “Born Free” (Not Safe for Work)
What’s Beef: M.I.A. on Lady Gaga “She sounds more like me than I f–king do!”