Musically, M.I.A. has lived up to her name — at least as it pertains to her forever-delayed new album Matangi.
The album has been bumped from a number of planned release dates, and at the moment it doesn’t have a place on the calendar. Which is strange, especially considering she’s a critically-beloved artist who had two major culture-jamming singles in “Paper Planes” and “Bad Girls.”
But it seems as though the delay may be because she’s on the outs with her label, Roc Nation (who, according to M.I.A., do not approve of positive jams). Along with Matangi, M.I.A. has been working on a documentary about her life with director Steve Loveridge.
The doc has been similarly delayed, and over the weekend Loveridge put up a five minute teaser for the flick on his Tumblr. YouTube pulled the video based on a copyright claim that came from the label; shortly thereafter, Loveridge published this vividly worded e-mail exchange between himself and a representative from Roc Nation.
The teaser was re-uploaded to Vimeo, and you can watch it below.
It’s a shame if the still-untitled documentary gets buried, because it looks pretty cool—though it does also look a bit like the Beyoncé doc from last year (in the sense that it seems like M.I.A. constantly has a running camera pointed at her). In the meantime, M.I.A. has dropped her new single “Bring the Noize” herself, and her Twitter is a parade of re-tweets of support surrounding the documentary.
What do you think of the teaser? Would you contribute to a Kickstarter campaign to get the doc released? And do you think Anderson Cooper finally found out who she is?
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