“I set this track on fire/ I’m here for every color/ Including Black Lives Matter,” raps M.I.A. in her new visual for the politically charged track “Poc That Still a Ryda.” The release follows the online controversy surrounding the Sri Lankan artist’s comments in an April interview with ES magazine, where her quotes about the organization had timelines in a fit.
“It’s interesting that in America the problem you’re allowed to talk about is Black Lives Matter. It’s not a new thing to me — it’s what Lauryn Hill was saying in the 1990s, or Public Enemy in the 1980s,” she said in the feature. “Is Beyoncé or Kendrick Lamar going to say Muslim Lives Matter? Or Syrian Lives Matter? Or this kid in Pakistan matters? That’s a more interesting question.” She later clarified on Twitter: “A #blacklivesmatter B #Muslimlivesmatter. I’m not Muslim. My criticism wasn’t about Beyoncé. It’s how u can say A not B right now in 2016.”
Now, the Sri Lankan rapper returns with a teaser for her forthcoming album, which may be the “last LP” from M.I.A., per her tweet last month. “This song is a mix of all the songs on my upcoming Lp – had to do a remix to let u know , i been poor , i been rich , i been brown , i been black , i seen white and i been around the world a few times ay ay ay ay,” she shared in the video’s YouTube caption. “LOVE IS THE ANSWER what the question is i don’t f—ing know.”
Watch the video for “Poc That Still a Ryda” below