M.I.A. criticises Lady GaGa’s music in new issue of NME


British rapper M.I.A. has blasted Lady GaGa in the latest issue of the new look NME. The Paper Planes responded to a comment about how her and Lady GaGa are often compared and while she does accept that her and the Poker Face singer do have a similar image, M.I.A. was quick to opinionate that their music is not.

“I don’t know. Again, there’s Lady Gaga — people say we’re similar, that we both mix all these things in the pot and spit them out differently, but she spits it out exactly the same! None of her music’s reflective of how weird she wants to be or thinks she is. She models herself on Grace Jones and Madonna, but the music sounds like 20-year-old Ibiza music, you know? She’s not progressive, but she’s a good mimic. She sounds more like me than I fucking do! That’s a talent and she’s got a great team behind her, but she’s the industry last’s stab at making itself important — saying, ‘You need our money behind you, the endorsements, the stadiums’ Respect to her, she’s keeping a hundred thousand people in work, but my belief is: Do It Yourself.”

I have to say I agree with M.I.A. 100%. While I do really like Lady GaGa and think she’s very talented and definitely knows how to write a catchy pop song, her music isn’t as avant-garde or as revolutionary as she likes to make out. It certainly doesn’t match her crazy fashion sense or her far-out videos. So that begs the question…what is the standout point about GaGa? Is it her music or her bid to cause controversy everywhere she goes?

Also: M.I.A. will release her third studio album this July. The album has been described as “weird” and will not be as commercial as last album Kala, which saw the release of crossover hit Paper Planes which was used on the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack. GaGa is getting ready to release the third single from her The Fame Monster album Alejandro and has also recently proclaimed that she has written “the anthem of our generation” for her third studio album out later this year.

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