"I thought I'd finished it. I finished it and then I handed the record in, like a couple of months ago," she told Australia's Gold Coast Bulletin, noting that her label found the work to be "too positive."
"It's like 'We just built you up as the public enemy No. 1 and now you're coming out with all this positive stuff.'"
The rapper, who is titling the album after her birth name, says she’s not necessarily taking the label's orders. "I'm taking my time to decide what they mean,” she said.
Matangi will be M.I.A.’s follow-up to her 2010 hit Maya and her first album with Interscope Records. It's now scheduled to come out in April.