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M.I.A. on Tavis Smiley

Posted in music, video clip by Jef on February 18, 2009
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PBS.org has the full Tavis Smiley interview with M.I.A. pre-Grammy performance. Click the wonderful photo below for linkage.

Linkage to interview
It’s cool to see a serious-ass interview with her that doesn’t go the easy multi-culti bio route (says M.I.A. with a smirk, she’s lived a lot of places because “that’s what you do when you’re a refugee”).

Her glowing pregnancy, the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack, the Grammy nods and the Swagga Like Us hype is certainly pushing her further into the mainstream circles that she’s flirted with before, but is she compatible with that whole circle? People are starting to get that she’s not just a hot hipster chick, which is great, but it comes with an inevitable backlash — people painting her as a Tamil Tigers apologist.

I’m glad Tavis explored the nuances.

NY Times on M.I.A.

Kanye’s “Welcome to Heartbreak” video

Posted in hip-hop, music videos by Jef on February 18, 2009
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I like “808s & Heartbreak” more as an album than I do for its individual songs, so the videos Ye’s released so far haven’t really hit with me. That said, I like this one:

It won’t be an actual single though, according to Ye’s blog, because the video’s visuals aren’t as brand new as he wants them to be…

With this album/song/video Kanye officially becomes a personal favourite of mine, because all of my personal favourite artists are able to depress the shit out of me. Congrats, ‘Ye!