Rapper M.I.A. (note – not a popstar) is finally back on the music scene with her fourth album, Matangi. While her last album, /\/\ /\ Y /\, was widely panned as too political – she semi-predicted the NSA scandal with 2010’s “The Message,” saying “Headbone connects to the headphones / Headphones connect to the iPhone/ iPhone connected to the Internet / Connected to the Google / Connected to the government” – Matangi plays out as a conceptual middle finger. This is M.I.A. doing what she does best: exploring her self in a world that prefers easily digested narratives.
Critics have had mixed feelings about the album: Buzzfeed is calling M.I.A. the most exciting artist around right now, while others are saying that her rhymes are played out, and that she seems to be unintentionally parodying herself.
Give it a listen and let us know what you think!