Published Apr 07, 2010Here at Exclaim!, we love ourselves some beef. Even the vegetarians among us appreciate a well-worded blow between grumpy musicians, and the replies are usually just as entertaining. That's why our hump day just got a little better with the news that M.I.A. had some stern words for Lady Gaga in a recent interview with NME.
Rather than cheapen M.I.A.'s statement, here it is in full:
People say we're similar, that we both mix all these things in the pot and spit them out differently, but she spits it out exactly the same! None of her music's reflective of how weird she wants to be or thinks she is. She models herself on Grace Jones and Madonna, but the music sounds like 20-year-old Ibiza music, you know? She's not progressive, but she's a good mimic. She sounds more like me than I fucking do! That's a talent and she's got a great team behind her, but she's the industry last's stab at making itself important - saying, 'You need our money behind you, the endorsements, the stadiums' Respect to her, she's keeping a hundred thousand people in work, but my belief is: Do It Yourself.
As many have pointed out, the strange thing is that M.I.A. and Lady Gaga are both signed to Interscope Records, so these statements carry some weight of hypocrisy to them. Then again, M.I.A. is unsure if she even needs her record label, responding to a question on the matter by saying, "Are they even interested in making money from music anymore? Lady Gaga plugs 15 things in her new video. Dude, she even plugs a burger! That's probably how they're making money right now - buying up the burger joint, putting the burger in a music video and making loads of burger money."
As we've been telling you, M.I.A.'s third album will be released sometime this summer. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga is working on a new record that she has called "the anthem of our generation." Here's hoping she also finds time to respond to the digs.