May 18, 2016


M.I.A. Says New Album Will Arrive in July, But What About That Rihanna Collab?

M.I.A. has experienced many roadblocks when it comes to releasing her follow-up album to 2013's Matangi, but she shared some updates with fans in a new Periscope Q&A session. The rapper previously tweeted that she submitted the LP to her American label, and now she's revealing it could possibly drop this July.

But M.I.A. is without a U.S. visa, so a promotion or tour stateside unfortunately won't be possible. She continued to say the album has 12 tracks and she had to remove the Lion King sample from "OLA/Foreign Friend," which dropped in March.

"I put 'Galang' on it instead, I sampled myself. I wanted to say, 'Whatever, I can't get Lion King, I'm gonna use my own song! That way no one can stop it," she explained.

M.I.A. went on to say this about the album,

"[I realized] you can make a record that's happy about surviving. And not constantly talk about fight. At the end of the day, I feel like—maybe this is totally gibberish to everyone—but it's probably better to remind people about survival than it is about the moment you go to battle. Because that's just a moment."

She also touches on her documentary (she doesn't know what's happening with it), the Azealia Banks/Zayn Malik feud, working with Popcaan and why the Rihanna collaboration never came to fruition: "There was a moment when me and Rihanna talked about collaborating. But she's on tour in the U.S. and I had to go to Jamaica a lot to work."

After watching M.I.A.'s Periscope chat, check out this interview with the rapper from the Fuse vault where she discusses the Matangi LP: