Wednesday, February 18, 2009
After last week's Grammy performance, (which blew away most hip-hop practitioners around the world), a modicum of controversy hit the newsstands. Thomas Fuller, New York Times journalist, weighed heavily into the debate surrounding M.I.A.'s heritage and the designs of her rhymes:
"To many Americans, Maya Arulpragasam, known as M.I.A., is the very pregnant rapper who gyrated across the stage at Sunday’s Grammy Awards.
Yet in Sri Lanka, where she spent her childhood years, M.I.A. remains virtually unknown. And some who do know her work say she is an apologist for the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels fighting in the country’s long-running civil war."
Not knowing too much about the war that has wreaked havoc upon the South Asian island nation for the better part of the last 27 years, I will not delve too far into the debate.
As a fan of MIA and of stimulating debate, I can only encourage her to continue producing music in the creative conscious manner that has afforded her the admiration she has received to date.