Throwback Thursday: M.I.A.

mia2In the past year, you’ve most certainly heard the radio hit “Paper Planes” by M.I.A. made popular by the stoner comedy Pineapple Express.  It’s hard to miss a hip-hop song where the chorus is comprised solely of gunshots and the sound of a cash register, but somehow the message is still delivered.  What many people don’t know is that M.I.A. released two albums circa Pineapple Express.  Her first from 2005, Arular, is personally one of my favorite hip-hop albums of all time.  The uniqueness of the beats are only matched by the uniqueness in her vocal styling, and both go together better than chocolate milk and Count Chocula (if that’s even possible to improve upon.)

Her politically-themed tracks are meant to spark revolution and drill powerful messages to the listener through a medium most people can relate to.  But the political themes aren’t just for show.  M.I.A. grew up in Sri Lanka amidst Civil War and political turmoil.  Her father was an activist and was forced to hide from the government, severely restricting the amount of time he could spend with his family.  She later moved to London where she could live a normal life and pursue a passion for the arts.  Arular is actually the name adopted by her father as a political activist and now the middle name of her first born son.  The more you know.

Check out the video for “Bucky Done Gun”:

Some other notable tracks include “Sunshowers“, “Galang” and “10 Dollar”.  Check out the entire album for something different in the world of hip-hop.

About the Author

Kyle Brigham is a fan of all things music. He has been to a ridiculous number of concerts across the nation and has been interviewing bands for over 10 years. He likes to listen to music excessively loud and thinks you got to get up to get down.

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