This interview with Diplo about MIA's new album absolutely makes complete sense. Keep in mind the fact that Time Magazine named her in their list of the World's Top 100 Most Influential People, for having "global influence across many genres." And then she broke up with Diplo, mastermind behind Mad Decent, architect of the tropical sounds behind her first two albums and boyfriend to boot, and soon moved to California to live with Benjamin Zachary Bronfman, heir of the Bronfman liquor dynasty. Her latest album Maya has been described as a "digital ruckus" and was recorded in 18 months, entirely in her home in Los Angeles. Kala, her universally acclaimed second album, was recorded in India, Jamaica, Liberia, Trinidad and Australia. Everything you need to know about what's up with MIA right now is said right here, very tastefully by Diplo.
On what went wrong with MAYA: “I think she’s a really controversial artist and she’s one of the most important people doing music right now, because people expect a lot. And I think that the record was like—she didn’t care about it. I was in the studio with her, she didn’t write anything. The one good review is that, at least people—she’s on the defensive for the whole record, and that doesn’t sound very authentic. Me and Switch tried our best to be quality control of the record and she didn’t want that. She kind of went on her own way. I was like, Look, nobody in your crew—we were the only people she could trust, and our asses were on the line too. We got here because of working with people like her. We care about the way things sound, and when the people that she works with don’t, then it’s fucked up. She’s got a talent in every aspect. She’s got ideas bigger than any artist I’ve ever met and she’s someone to fuckin’ make that happen. All she has is a bunch of yes men around her and they kinda suck.”