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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. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi
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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)

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

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Track List: XXXO (Radio Single)

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Nice
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bessolofamil y 1
samuel.steph e n . 28

M.I.A. leaves any female rapper in the dust. That includes Drake.

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loulouziegle r
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loulouziegle r
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stay movin kno les'
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Like
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Kiss your left hand and say your crushes name, say a day of the week close your hand then post this on 15 different songs then your crush will ask you out on the day you said.
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!!!?
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Ignore the haters!! And btw if you're gonna be hating u really shouldnt be saying too much going into detail
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Sucks balls
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Wha...? Her songs r definitely.. Um, interesting?
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M.I.A. SUCKS BALLS!!!!!!
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Don't be sick I speak the truth. I love you. Call me.
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My " price " has gone up. FYI I'm out for blood.
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letang305
Omg paper planes is so violent yet funny CUZi heard random gun shoots lol
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This song still goes hard!
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kiss yourself 10 times
post this on two other songs
look in your hand
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This still my song lol
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I dont give a f**k... this song gets down
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say iphone 5 times pick a color look under your pillow
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"All I want to do is BA BA BA BA Ching and take your money" just my favorite part of paper planes no funny business
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Kiss your left hand and say your crushes name, say a day of the week close your hand then post this on 15 different songs then your crushes will ask you out on the day you said.
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That doesn't sounds like JJ. Fish singing the hook? Lmao?
Anyway I love MiA
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edsatana
Hater Will Hate........ .
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Love paper planes!
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I love MIA, MAYA, MATANGI- WHATEVER she calls herself, She's the best!!!
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This is the song lol...
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hi
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barbie49917
I LIKE THIS SONG, IT'S HOT.
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Bulls won lol
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Its me again hey yall im workaholic love this s**t
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boyz omg yes the memories
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Slum dog millonare!!
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all i wanna do is gunshot gunshot gunshot an reload then cash register and take yo money
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Hmm yeah idk gorrilaz radio and now MIA. So abit unsure coordination yet oh well like eclectic tunes not sure what Paper planes would be about
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I love this song so much that I love mia too much now
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Honestly, I'm a bad girl u can't trust me
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me2
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My inner gangsta loves this song.
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My inner gangster loves this song.
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Cool song
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christopher_ t o l e r
Cool music
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This is my song
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lsgaray7
I LOVE YOU
M.I.A
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My anackand
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lmfao samuel
#dead
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M.I.A. leaves any female rapper in the dust. That includes Drake.
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Criminal Moneymaker
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