M.I.A. Drops New Song ‘Bring the Noize’: Listen

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It seems like it’s been an eternity since M.I.A. released “Bad Girls,” which was supposed to closely precede the Sri Lankan’s fourth full-length album. Nearly a year and a half later, it appears the new album could finally be coming to fruition.

Today (June 17), the rapper released “Bring the Noize,” the first single from the oft-delayed Matangi, which was originally slated for January and April premieres but is now supposedly seeing a fall release.

The three-minute track is busy, with noises akin to creaking doors flitting beneath pounding beats and rapidfire percussion. Meanwhile, M.I.A. repeats either word “freedom” or the words “free them” (or both!) with blistering intensity.

Everything culminates in a chant of “Bring the noise when we run upon them,” a call-and-response section that embodies the song’s rebellious leanings.

If Matangi doesn’t hit stores, “Bring the Noize” could be doomed to become a single-only release, something the rapper does worry about, since the delays have happened so often. “I’ve given up at this point,” she said on BBC Radio 1, the program on which the song was debuted. “I was literally just kinda gonna start making records and putting them out from the bedroom straight on the Internet. This is my last stab at it.”

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Matangi will be the first M.I.A. full-length since 2010’s Maya. She’s of course most notable for “Paper Planes,” the catchy tune that went to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

A music video for the song is slated to premiere June 21.

-Kevin Rutherford,

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