M.I.A. Would Like You to Know That She Is Not Madonna or Rihanna

M.I.A. Would Like You to Know That She Is Not Madonna or Rihanna

She's not Mariah or Ariana either, but she has been causing some drama.

She's not Mariah or Ariana either, but she has been causing some drama.

Text: William Defebaugh

M.I.A. has taken to Twitter to tease her next single, "P.O.W.A." Judging by the 10-second snippet she released, it's another sure-to-be hit, and a strong empowerment anthem (as in, empowering herself), with accompanying lyrics that make it quite clear who the musician is—or rather, isn't.

In the clip, the rapper rattles off a list of her contemporaries she wishes to divorce herself from: Rihanna (or "Rhianna" as the lyrics read), Madonna, Ariana Grande, and Mariah Carey. We would write that it's meant to be a dig at pop stars not taking a more active stances in politics, but that doesn't quite fit for Madonna. So we're just going to assume it has more to do with rhyming.

One undeniable statement M.I.A. makes in the song is that she has "been around the world causing drama." Her most recent album, 2015's AIM, tackled numerous global political issues—most notably with "Borders," her single about the European refugee crisis. The track also appears to be the inspiration for this year's Meltdown Festival in London, which the singer will be curating:

For me this Meltdown will be about putting on a musical week that shows different types of music which have inspired each other to exist. Genres that support other genres, redefining the concept of a melting pot. Respect the history, don’t live in it. I plan to bring together music’s best forward thinkers who have contributed to all our lives. When music acts as inspiration, it’s boundary-less.

Listen to the full clip and read the lyrics to "P.O.W.A." below, and click here to revisit our last interview with M.I.A.

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