M.I.A. has perfected the art of stirring bloggers into a frenzy with each new piece of media she chucks out into the world. Her latest video is no exception — she even managed to vex her record label in the process. Meanwhile, Melissa Locker at TIME talks about how there is some kind of important message embedded in the shock-and-awe imagery of M.I.A.’s video for “Double Bubble Trouble” — which the rapper also directed.
Keep your eyes peeled for her own inventive take on the 1000 Hands Dance — complete with orange rifles — it’s at 2:10.
Sadly, it comes off as nothing more than a laundry list of provocative images (guns! twerking! 3D printers!), slice’n’diced into a three-and-a-half minute song about _____. Where oh where is the Mathangi who started revolutions with slick bon mots like “I salt and pepper my mango”? Bring her back, dammit.