m.i.a addresses black lives matter in new song
[The Declaration Issue, No. 255, 2005]
M.I.A has a new album in the bank, and there's the possibility that Skrillex and Skepta will be appearing on it. But while there's no official word on when we'll hear the whole package, we might have gotten our first taste. The UK artist has just dropped "Poc That Still a Ryda", which she describes as "a mix of all the songs on my upcoming LP." It's a nice return to her Kala-era sound.
The track deals with race, declaring, "When I drive with my brother, cops still see my color", and alludes to the #OscarsSoWhite conversation. She also addresses the controversy around her ES Magazine comment on Black Lives Matter. "It's interesting that in America the problem you're allowed to talk about is Black Lives Matter," she told the magazine, "It's not a new thing to me — it's what Lauryn Hill was saying in the 1990s, or Public Enemy in the 1980s. Is Beyoncé or Kendrick Lamar going to say Muslim Lives Matter? Or Syrian Lives Matter? Or this kid in Pakistan matters? That's a more interesting question."
Halfway through "Poc That Still a Ryda", M.I.A sings "I'm here for every color, including Black Lives Matter." The video doesn't disappoint either, with four-wheel-drives tearing through the desert alongside horseback riders. Watch it below.
Photography Wolfgang Tillmans [The Declaration Issue, No. 255, 2005]