M.I.A. Returns With New Song “The One” from New Album “Mata”
- British rapper Mathangi Arulpragasam, aka M.I.A. returned with a new song “The One” from her upcoming sixth studio album “Mata”.
The new album does not currently have a release date, but is her first album since the 2016 album “AIM”.
The track was written by Mathangi Arulpragasam, Rex Kudo, Tyler Williams, Ryan Vojtesak and Everett Romano. Produced by T-Minus, Rex Kudo, Charlie Handsome and Heavy Mellow.
M.I.A. told Zane Lowe of Apple Music 1 about the song, “I was in a really happy place. And I know that it was the pandemic, and kind of everything was hitting the fan, but I'd got to a place that was really happy. I did want to make that nice, happy record. Almost like the record that everyone wanted you to make when you made Paper Planes. Then everyone's like, 'Why the hell did you make Maya? That was such a depressing record.' In hindsight, it makes sense to people, but at the time everyone was like, 'That's the worst record in the world.' Now, I feel like, 'Okay, well, you know that other record that everyone wanted? This is what it would've been.'”
She continued, “I guess it is just about sticking to what you are and the truth. I think, at the end of the day, that is also what this record is about to me, is still trying to find truth. In a way, it's kind of rebellious because everybody's expecting me to put out that really havoc… Everyone's expecting that, but it's not, that's not what it is. It's about the battle of the ego versus you finding yourself and you finding the spiritual leader. Spirituality within, whatever form is given to you. I think that's really interesting, when you think everything, you get challenged by the universe. And that happened to me. Really I'm just here to share that.”
- She said of the album, “I think there's a bit of a battle on the record. That there is a bit of a clash, but the clash is like your ego and spirituality. Those are the clashes. Because as a musician, you need some ego, otherwise you can't do it. Also the genre of music that, genres I should say, is all very much like egocentric. It's not like I'm an artist that came through gospel or something. For me, it was like to have that journey, and also, it was a significant time to discuss like Islamophobia…talking about wars in the Middle East, and things like that.”
- source : Apple Music