M.I.A. speaks truth in new two-track mixtape "MIA OLA"

I've loved M.I.A. ever since "Paper Planes," especially when she rocks that Metallica Ride The Lightning shirt in the video. I love her for her rebel soul, eloquent jurisdiction, backstory, beauty and style. I think she is one of music's most powerful women, and yesterday she dropped a few new tracks in a mixtape. Listen below:

 

 

"MIA OLA" and "Foreign Friend" present her definitive politically charged lyrics, and while M.I.A. discussed the refugee crisis in her previous release "Borders," these deal with immigration issues. M.I.A. is sort of synonymous with sonic rallying, per se. It's her special method of bringing the noise in a literal fashion: elements of electronica, tribal rhythms, choppy breakbeats and samples galore, layered together with her simple, yet smart, accent-tinged rhyme and verse. In "MIA OLA" she even samples "The Circle of Life" from Disney's Lion King. Perhaps the title is symbolic?

In the hook, she sings:

At the border I see the patroller cruising past in their car
Creeping in my socks and slipper
Mexicans say "hola!"
At the border I see the patroller cruising past in their car
Hiding in my Toyota Corolla, everybody say "Y.A.L.A.!"


Lyrics via Genius.

In "Foreign Friend," a shorter track that follows a Bhangra pulse, she presents the perspective of an immigrant, their ambitions and possible future after leaving their home country:

When I jump that fence I'm gon' get a Benz
Then I leave my tent and I gon' be your foreign friend
 

The following lines speak truth to something that I've heard many times before, whether it be my grandparents or own parents. It's always about sacrifice, and never really wanting to depart from your birthplace:

I'd much rather stay in a hot country
We come to cold countries cause we have to
But I like it hot

On Facebook, she wrote, "TO FLYPIRATES and DJS - THIS IS AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MIA !!!! LIVE @ THE BORDER OLA !!!! SPREAD THE WAVES."

M.I.A. doesn't have to hold up a poster and walk in circles at a rally. This is her loudspeaker. It always will be, and done with utmost tact.