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On July 29, Sri Lankan hip-hop artist DeLon posted a remix video diss of M.I.A.'s hit "Paper Planes" in which he accuses the singer of using images representative of The Liberation Tiger Tamils of Eelam (LTTE), a terrorist group allegedly linked to her father and sadly known for suicide bombings and child soldiers recruitment.
In the clip, DeLon sings, "All she wanna do is [sound of gunshots] straight to my head," and claims she "represents terrorism in the worst way."
(Link to the video NSFW: http://ceylonrecords.blogspot.com/2008/08/mia-diss-by-delon.html )
In a matter of hours, DeLon's video drew over 10,000 views and comments but Interscope managed to have the video removed from YouTube for "endangerment" of M.I.A.'s reputation as a "Freedom Fighter."
M.I.A. wrote in a statement, "I don't support terrorism and never have. As a Sri Lankan that fled war and bombings, my music is the voice of the civilian refugee. Frankly, I am not trying to start dialogue with someone who is really just seeking self-promotion."
It looks like this DeLon has made a good publicity stunt for himself, but M.I.A. certainly isn't immune from criticism. What do you think of M.I.A.'s use of controversial and ideologically loaded images in her artwork and videos? Is it art, publicity or latent terrorism propaganda?
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"M.I.A faces a tough decision, when here US visa expires in June, potentially forcing MIA to leave her New York digs.
She'll either be heading back to London to be with her mum or moving north to Canada; "Basically, at the moment, I can choose between Montreal and London. My mum's, like, 'I want you here!' I haven't seen her in, like, forever."
But there is a third option as M.I.A explains: "I was at a [Kanye West] show four days ago and [Kanye] was like, 'You have to make this song with me,'" MIA explained. "I think he'll marry me to keep me in the country. He was really dead serious about it"."
By Sean Michaels"M.I.A faces a tough decision, when here US visa expires in June, potentially... more
What's the story? Here's a sneak peek at soundclash experimentalist Maya Arulpragasam's new starring role as the face of Marc by Marc Jacobs for spring/ summer '08. She DJed at the after party for his New York show last month during fashion week and is now fronting the campaign, shot by Jurgen Teller.
This girl already had impeccable style credentials, and is famous not just for her music but also for her unique trend blend of high fashion and street style - but how does this fit with her subversive approach to politics and culture?What's the story? Here's a sneak peek at soundclash experimentalist Maya... more
WTF did MTV do to MIA. I am disappointed in America. We all need to stand up, raise our voices, and change the way things are going. Support the people who have loud voices, and let the young lead! We need to experience and implement change. VOTE!WTF did MTV do to MIA. I am disappointed in America. We all need to stand up, raise... more
Sure, us folks here at The Yellow Stereo have given you our opinions on our top albums of 2007. But here is another twist on it all. Over the past two weeks, I have set out on an endeavor to gather top ten lists throughout internet-ville. My goal: to compile the ultimate top 25 albums of the year we call 2007.Sure, us folks here at The Yellow Stereo have given you our opinions on our top albums... more
It's that time of year again, people, when every last media outlet on the planet puts out an inane "best of" list for everything and anything imaginable.
But why should they have all the fun and who cares what they think anyway? I want to know what the tastemakers on current dot com were bumping in '07. So what are your favorite albums of 2007? Here's my linked-up top 20 of the year that was:
1. Do Make Say Think - You, You're a History in Rust (Constellation)
2. Pharoahe Monch - Desire (UMG)
3. Burial - Untrue (hyperDub)
4. Amon Tobin - Foley Room (NinjaTune)
5. Caribou - Andorra (Domino)
6. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights (Daptone)
7. Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass (Def Jux)
8. MIA - Kala (Interscope)
9. Pole - Steingarten (~scape)
10. Panda Bear - Person Pitch (paw tracks)
11. Boxcutter - Glyphic
12. El-P - I'll Sleep When You're Dead
13. Iron & Wine - The Shepard's Dog
14. Radiohead - In Rainbows
15. The Cinematic Orchestra - Ma Fleur
16. Akron/Family - Love is Simple
17. Flying Lotus - Reset [EP]
18. Deadbeat - Journeyman's Annual
19. the Budos Band - II
20. Ween - La Cucaracha
Top 5 live shows of '07 (all Bay Area)
1. Ween (@ the Warfield)
2. Do Make Say Think (@ Mezzanine)
3. Arcade Fire (@ the Greek)
4. M.I.A. (on Treasure Island)
5. Amon Tobin (@ Mezzanine)
And finally, my special award for most overrated album of 2007:
LCD Soundsystem - The Sound of Silver
But hey, don't just stop with music... What were your fave movies, books and TV shows?
(No Country for Old Men, The Raw Shark Texts and The Colbert Report).
And last, but not least: favorite new website.
Current.com, of course.
It's that time of year again, people, when every last media outlet on the planet... more
Saturday 9/15 * Thievery Corporation * Bridge Stage: 8:35 - 9:50 pm * Gotan Project * Bridge Stage: 6:50 - 7:50 pm * DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist * Bridge Stage: 5:15 - 6:15 pm * M.I.A. * Bridge Stage: 3:55 - 4:40 pm * Ghostland Observatory * Bridge Stage: 2:45 - 3:25 pm * Zion I * Bridge Stage: 1:50 - 2:20 pm * Dengue Fever * Bridge Stage: 12:50 - 1:20 pm * Kinky * Tunnel Stage: 7:50 - 8:30 pm * Flosstradamus * Tunnel Stage: 6:15 - 6:45 pm * West Indian Girl * Tunnel Stage: 4:40 - 5:10 pm * Kid Beyond * Tunnel Stage: 3:25 - 3:50 pm * Honeycut * Tunnel Stage: 2:20 - 2:45 pm * Mocean Worker * Tunnel Stage: 1:20 - 1:45 pmSunday 9/16 * Modest Mouse * Bridge Stage: 8:35 - 9:50 pm * Spoon * Bridge Stage: 7:05 - 8:00 pm * Built To Spill * Bridge Stage: 5:40 - 6:30 pm * Clap Your Hands Say Yeah * Bridge Stage: 4:15 - 5:05 pm * M. Ward * Bridge Stage: 3:00 - 3:45 pm * Two Gallants * Bridge Stage: 1:50 - 2:30 pm * Au Revoir Simone * Bridge Stage: 12:50 - 1:20 pm * Earlimart * Tunnel Stage: 8:00 - 8:30 pm * Film School * Tunnel Stage: 6:30 - 7:00 pm * Devil Makes Three * Tunnel Stage: 5:05 - 5:35 pm * Sea Wolf * Tunnel Stage: 3:45 - 4:10 pm * Street To Nowhere * Tunnel Stage: 2:30 - 2:55 pm * Trainwreck Riders * Tunnel Stage: 1:20 - 1:45 pm * Tunnel Stage: 6:15 - 6:45 pm * West Indian Girl * Tunnel Stage: 4:40 - 5:10 pm * Kid Beyond * Tunnel Stage: 3:25 - 3:50 pm * Honeycut * Tunnel Stage: 2:20 - 2:45 pm * Mocean Worker * Tunnel Stage: 1:20 - 1:45 pmSunday 9/16 * Modest Mouse * Bridge Stage: 8:35 - 9:50 pm * Spoon * Bridge Stage: 7:05 - 8:00 pmSaturday 9/15 * Thievery Corporation * Bridge Stage: 8:35 - 9:50 pm * Gotan... more
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