“You can have my money but you can't have me. Here's my money, give me shit I don't need. Tell me whatcha say I need? Just so unnecessary.” She's baaaaaack. After a year soaked with controversies, a downright media condemnation, and mostly harsh reviews concerning her third, and most eccentric LP, /\/\/\Y/\, M.I.A. ended it all on the New Year with the release of a free mixtape. Named after the popular and currently highly controversial WikiLeaks, which, like M.I.A., has pissed off a lot of authoritative figures, VICKI LEEKX is a return to the forum for the surprising popstar: 36 minutes of ongoing belligerent, dance-frenzy audible fury, with production from the usual suspects Diplo, Switch and Blaqstarr.
The mixtape's highlight is indubitably “GEN N-E-Y,” where the politically charged songstress repeats “if you don't give a fuck, I don't give a damn.” Here, M.I.A.'s heavily reverberated vocals are hostile and deafening, on an explosive beat that combines /\/\/\Y/\'s glitchy electronica and Kala's indisputable swagger. Among the substantial dubstep and bass heavy supremacy lies layers of noise and distortion, working in convergence with Maya's auto-tuned voice. The political connotations surrounding the song adhere to her usual "fuck the system" motif, strengthened by the most turbulent backdrop she's come out with recently.
It would be awesome to see her do a song with Das Racist.