March 17, 2016


M.I.A. Samples 'The Lion King' on New Track, Disses Donald Trump

M.I.A. roasting xenophobia is something we've gotten accustomed to, especially with her video for "Borders" last year, but the singer sampling The Lion King to lambast Donald Trump? That's some next-level maneuvering, for sure. 

But how do we know that M.I.A. is calling out Trump, the political-Voldemort-incarnate, exactly? It comes when the singer spits a verse about the Mexican/United States border, which of course is a contentious part of the G.O.P frontrunner's nonsensical campaign. Listen to the two-part "OLA/Foreign Friend" below. 

Over that Lion King–infused beat, M.I.A. raps: "In the car I see their patroller, cruising past in their car/creeping in my socks and slippers, the Mexicans say hola." Then, when the song changes trajectory (and titles), M.I.A. offers this bit of wisdom: "Don't be ignorant, when I'm on ten, better tell somebody, I'm an immigrant/When I jump that fence, I'm gon' get a Benz/Then I leave my tent and I gon' be your foreign friend."

The double-song strikes a perfect balance between commentary and danceability, don't it? You might have to listen while it's hot though: M.I.A. warned today that fans should enjoy the track soon, before Disney comes-a-knockin' for copyright reasons: