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M.I.A, Born Free from ROMAIN-GAVRAS on Vimeo.
There is no one working in the music industry who comes even close to being as up-front and political as M.I.A. Her previous album Kala was not only the best dance album that year, but it was also one of the most controversial albums too. Last week she released "Born Free" the first single off of her upcoming album and it has a completely different to it. "Born Free" is a gear grinding gritty punk song, which is a departure from her last effort. However, it was not until the music video was released where we got to see good ol' M.I.A. back in action. This has to be one of the best music videos I have seen in awhile. The video in accompany with the song serve as a statement, a statement against racism against police brutality and against torture. It is in no way meant to be enjoyable, but to spark controversy and debate. Judging by the fact that many of the major news channels are already talking about it, it seems she has already accomplished her goal. It's very shocking, but with the current political climate, it could not have come at a better time.