M.I.A. Recruits Blaqstarr for Upcoming Album, Looks to Make Something Not "Hipstery"
Published Jan 10, 2010As we recently told you, M.I.A. is nearly finished on her third album. In an interview, producer Diplo said the record would sound like "Gucci Mane meets Animal Collective." Now, however, M.I.A. has suggested that the album will be more "honest" than you may have first thought.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, M.I.A. said that the majority of the album was produced with rap guru Blaqstarr. "He simply makes music that sounds good, and I needed that," she said.
Perhaps vaguely aimed at Diplo, she added, "I definitely needed to come to music on this album, to make music. I don't want it to be gimmicky or silly or hipstery."
Before anyone could question whether or not "hipstery" is a word, M.I.A. said, "I just want to be real, whatever that is. Even if my songs are shit, and if I have flaws and if I'm confused, if I offend people or if I don't offend people, I might try to work it out in public, just so you know that it's okay to think, that thinking's not a dirty word."
While little is known about the album's tracklisting, she did detail one song. Called "I'm Down Like Your Internet Connection," the track features guest vocals from Filipino Verizon employees.
M.I.A. explains: "I was having issues with my cable and wireless, and I was on the phone [with tech support] for three hours, and I thought, 'Maybe this needs to be part of my music, could you just learn these lyrics and sing it down the phone to me?' Ten phone calls later, I have Internet that sticks and a song."
M.I.A.'s as-yet-untitled third album is due out sometime this year.