September 1, 2016


#TBT 2013: M.I.A. Talks Being Inspired by a Hindu Goddess

M.I.A. has never shied away from making bold statements through her music, and her fourth studio album Matangi was no exception.

The British rapper chatted with Fuse host Esteban Serrano back in 2013 about the "5,000-year-old concept" that inspired Matangi, which features singles "Bad Girls" and "Y.A.LA.."

"[Matangi] was the goddess of spoken word, similar to rap music today. She sort of stood for freedom of speech and communication," she tells Fuse. "I wanted to use that as a concept for my album."

For another throwback gem, check out Kanye West deeming himself rap's Dave Chappelle in this 2005 interview: