Back in September of 2005, I met M.I.A. before a small concert at the Fine Line Cafe in St. Paul, Minnesota. I had been told by security not to speak to her, which I didn’t, but was surprised when she approached and started jabbering away about the previous night’s concert in Chicago. I had known nothing about the artist a few months before, but discovered her debut album, Arular, and really got into the sound and lyrics. My friends didn’t quite understand the music, and after all, who the hell was M.I.A.? She was just another random artist that I got into (apparently), but within five years she would be performing at halftime of the Super Bowl.
After the success of “Paper Planes,” which was featured in the 2008 film Pineapple Express, the artist became a well-known name in the United States even if many didn’t necessarily know what she looked like or anything about her music. Last week M.I.A. released her new album Matangi, and made an appearance on Wednesday night’s edition of The Colbert Report. It was surprisingly amazing.
First of all, M.I.A. looked great and I was surprised to discover how loose and hilarious the interview was aka no political rambling. Colbert delivered lines like “Arulpragasm? Is that your real name? Because a lot of women fake the Arulpragasm,” and “How come you have politics in your music? It’s dance music. Just let me get up there and shake it. Do I have to dance and think about the Kumudini boat massacre of 1985? Why can’t you just sing about lovely lady lumps?”
Check out the interview and performance below, and stream M.I.A.’s new album Matangi HERE.
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