M.I.A.’s music, loud and percussive, is loaded with feeling

She’s dancing with success

M. I. A.

She says she loves to dance, and the need to move her hips is the reason for the inventive beats. But underneath the squishy synth lines and concussive international mix of Jamaican dancehall, glints of New York punk, Southern crunk and Baltimore club music, M.I.A. alludes to the political strife and violence that filled her childhood. It’s dance music emblazoned with rebellious messages of uplift – though sometimes the artist, like the most cocksure rapper, needs to let you know that she’s not the one to mess with.

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