Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
M.I.A. disses Lady Gaga
We knew M.I.A. was creative. (Jeez, listen to a single bar! Or just take one look at her taste in Manish Arora!) But she really innovated in a recent interview with UK music rag, NME. In nearly every question they posed, she found a way to criticize pop’s reigning queen, Lady Gaga.
Do we still need record labels?
Are they even interested in making money from music anymore? Lady Gaga plugs 15 things in her new video. Dude, she even plugs a burger!
Note: We can’t imagine any scenario in which a question like that would go over very well with the head of N.E.E.T. Records!
Do you think those programmes [X-Factor] and the Internet have destroyed the mythology around popstars?
I don’t know. Again, there’d Lady Gaga – people say we’re similar, that we both mix all these things in the pot and spit them out differently, but she spits it out exactly the same! None of her music’s reflective of how weird she wants to be or thinks she is. She models herself on Grace Jones and Madonna, but the music sounds like 20-year-old Ibiza music, you know? She’s not progressive, but she’s a good mimic. She sounds more like me than I fu**ing do! That’s a talent and she’s got a great team behind her, but she’s the industry last’s stab at making itself important — saying, ‘You need our money behind you, the endorsements, the stadiums’ Respect to her, she’s keeping a hundred thousand people in work, but my belief is: Do It Yourself.
How important are image and visuals to your music?
Very. But it’s not like “Haus of Gaga” (laughs). Me blindfolded with naked men feeding me apples and $hit.