If you watched last night’s Super Bowl halftime show, you may have noticed two musical sidekicks during Madonna’s performance of the self-aggrandizing “Give Me All Your Luvin.” Those talented ladies were, of course, Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. During the show, with one quick flip of the bird, M.I.A. created the most memorable news story to come from the entire broadcast, aside perhaps from the outcome of the game itself. Come on NBC / NFL, you didn’t see this (or something worse) coming?
With her middle finger extended on camera for all the world to see, M.I.A. perfectly perpetuated her rep as a trouble-making, censorship-fighting artist while at the same time deftly promoting her new single, “Bad Girls,” our Jam of the Day. From the Vicki Leekz mixtape, “Bad Girls” cranks out a Middle-Eastern style beat laced with M.I.A.’s distinctively daring lyrics and cocksure delivery: “Live fast. Die young. Bad girls do it well.” How appropriate.
Look for a new M.I.A. record sometime this summer on Mercury Records. Until then, check out the dope video for “Bad Girls” below and grab the Vicki Leekz mixtape, for free, here.