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It’s hard to think about the thrills of sunshine and warmth, as each day adds on another layer of clothing to our crisp white tees, but Rye Rye rewinds us back to the pleasures of only a month ago with her video for “Sunshine”. The first single from her upcoming album Go! Pop! Bang! is a laid back as a summer day. Miss Fuck-Google-Ask-Me (aka M.I.A.) hook is reminiscent to the good ol’ Arular days of 2004. The star of the show, though is Rye Rye. The Baltimore rapper is here for a gold time, interchanging from a platinum blond wig to her natural cropped hair cut while, as she raps about snatching unsuspecting boys from their hater girls.

*Check 2:19 for an explosion of androgyny courtesy of the asian girl.

Catch the video after the jump…

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Nowadays people say that Twitter is the new Facebook. Not long before that Facebook was the new Myspace. This evolution of social networking hierarchy took place in less than 5 years. Those who grew up in the myspace age remembers how your page was a window into what made you click. You would create lists debating whether or not you enjoyed McDonalds or Burger King, you posted pictures that you took in your bathroom and showcased it for the world to see and you had the option to personalize your myspace with backgrounds of your favorite musical artist or maybe just glitter. Those were the days when social networking was young and naive. The glory days.

Artists, like M.I.A., would used myspace as a launching board to start their careers. In her single “XXXO”, Maya, is paying homage to the initial social networking sight with cheesy glitter effects, prancing unicorns, and all. Although the video has many effects going on, M.I.A. is distant just like social networking was supposedly supposed to do with humans.

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One beat. A second beat. Another beat. And then the beat builds to a military fashion storm. Enter chaos. “Born Free”, M.I.A.’s opening single off her album /\/\/\Y/\, is her take on Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power”. She stormed the Late Show with David Letterman with her legion of mini-M.I.A.’s declaring her stance on life and politics. “Yeah I don’t wanna live for tomorrow /I push my life today/I throw this in your face when I see you/ I got something to say/ I throw this sh!t in your face when I see you/ Cause I got something to say”.

/\/\/\Y/\ is out now via Interscope Records

There has been a lot of talk about M.I.A. ever since an article, written by New York Times journalist Lynn Hirschberg, negatively depicted the Sri-Lankan born singer. In one instance, Hirschberg wrote, “Unity holds no allure for Maya — she thrives on conflict, real or imagined. ‘I kind of want to be an outsider,’ she said, eating a truffle-flavored French fry. ‘I don’t want to make the same music, sing about the same stuff, talk about the same things. If that makes me a terrorist, then I’m a terrorist.'”Quotes like these portray M.I.A. as a bit of a delusional contradiction, which is far from what M.I.A. believes she is.

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Who knew pregnancy could make a woman look so(ooooooo) good?  What else do you expect from M.I.A. #sidethought I might just have to date an Asian woman now (haha). Anyway, she graces the covers of Complex magazine to talk about her upcoming album, /\/\/\Y/\, which I talked a bit about in a previous post, her new baby boy Ikhyd, her political beliefs, and the current state of hip-hop. It’s definitely a good read. More pics of Maya after the jump.

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Ever since, she came entered the music industry with her collage of Baile Funk, Electronica, and Tribal Beats, the letters M,I, and A have found themselves on the taste buds of many music enthusiasts. Her music has not only been able to satisfy the hunger for something refreshing in our dull music world, it has also given a voice for the third world crowd.

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