January 31, 2012

Song Review: M.I.A.'s "Bad Girls"

The last time AS checked up on rap-pop superstar M.I.A., she was having a pretty terrible year. 2010 brought with it polarizing results in the noisy, incredibly experimental effort /\/\/\Y/\ alongside a never-ending parade of bad press that landed Ms. Arulpragasam the unflattering honor of AwkwardSound's Trainwreck of the Year. Since then, she's kept herself on the down-low with the exception of last year's surprise Vicki Leekx mixtape, a counterpart to /\/\/\Y/\ that saw the South London-born musician spring boarding back into a danceable pop mindset. One of its tracks, "Bad Girls," has since been refined as M.I.A.'s first official single off her upcoming LP due out sometime this summer. Unlike /\/\/\Y/\'s horrendously over-produced and under-written lead track, "XXXO," "Bad Girls" brings out M.I.A.'s best through an innovative beat (produced by of-the-moment Timbaland protégé, Danja), a foreign-born Hindustani hook and street smart rhymes that have become a trademark of confidence in Arulpragasam's swagger. Critics and cynics may have attempted to silence her in 2010, but "Bad Girls" is telling sign that M.I.A. isn't going to be shutting up any time soon.

M.I.A. - "Bad Girls"

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