M.I.A. – Bad Girls
This is how I prefer to see M.I.A. — not as a mere cheer-leading Madonna extra , but as the musical force of nature she really is. A lot of hate’s come her way since the harshness of Maya confused listeners, but new single Bad Girls seems to bode well for that album’s forthcoming follow-up (as of yet TBA).
Ok, the video and the song do tick off the usual M.I.A. cliches — fetishization of Otherness, vague hints of violence — but after two years of Gaga Eurotrash nonsense, it’s good to have her back with something genuinely fresh for the radio. I like to think M.I.A. helped break the patriarchal tedium of British and American radio, swapping out bores like Bloc Party and Timbaland with reigning sistahs like Minaj and Rihanna (Rude Boy was basically mini-M.I.A, and Beyonce’s Run The World  was rather Boyz-esque). Her global attitude also paved the way for the likes of Major Lazer and Die Antwoord.
You have to love the tilted car action here. Bangin’ track.