M.I.A is losing her mind, a little at a time. She’s been throwing tantrums at concerts, hock spittin’ on photographers and flashin’ her foreign snatch for the cameras. Is this any way for a new mommy to behave? Pop it for more pics of her antics.
M.I.A performed at the HARD festival on Governors island on Saturday. Critics say her show was wack, the sound was murky and she was doing waaaay too much.
M.I.A. headlined the Hard NYC festival on Governor’s Island on Saturday. Plagued by sound problems, she bombed and cut the set off early. To round out the night she spit into the face of a photographer (see pics here).
The opening acts were handpicked by M.I.A. and her label, N.E.E.T. Recordings, included Sleigh Bells, Die Antwoord, and Rye Rye and upstaged her by many accounts. On Sunday the New York Times published a scathing review of M.I.A.’s performance. The paper called her political stunts (backup singers in burqas, sampling of gunshots) “murky,” like her sound:
The set started with “Steppin Up,” with M.I.A. backed by about a dozen power drills as part of the rhythm track: noise triumphant. But M.I.A.’s vocals were often so buried in echo, and the bass so bloated, that her lyrics just became more of the din, and the songs that she segued together like a disc-jockey set were barely distinguishable. Instead of a barrage, it was a morass.
Her set was cut short by thunder and lightning, which she attributed to God and answered with a last defiant gesture: rapping “Born Free,” which vows to speak her mind, acapella as her backup group shut down. But an exodus from her set had begun well before the downpour.
She told y’all in her song Paper Planes. “All I wanna do is POW, POW, POW.. and take ya money!” Crazy beezo.