In a recent interview with Q Magazine, M.I.A. throws some shade.
“I’m fine with Madonna or Beyoncé or Rihanna being ‘inspired’ by my work”, she said “But I would like them to then go, ‘Yeah, this immigrant who came out of nowhere influenced us, so maybe not all of them are f—ing terrible.”
“They don’t even think like that. They go ‘Yeah, maybe me stealing the stuff says she’s all right. She should be thankful we’re stealing it.’ But sometimes you just think, ‘F—, I have to pay some bills,’ you know?’”
M.I.A. goes on to say that she didn’t have the advantages of some of today’s biggest acts. “Beyoncé comes from the school of Michael Jackson-ness. Where the family built an entire world to support you. From when you were a child. I never had that luxury.”
“I’m just fodder,” she concluded. “A template for pop stars to create more content. We constantly feed the top of the pyramid.”
M.I.A. tweeted “Industry offended I offended Beyoncé, then spent 6 months telling me they can’t market brown > LOLZ.”