We’re usually all about anti-harassment on social media–even when you loathe the celebrity. But this may be the one time haranguing an artist turned out good, without incident. M.I.A.‘s “Bad Girls” feels like it happened eons ago and her fans felt some type of way about the lack of new music. It probably went down something like this: ‘No new music from M.I.A.? Fine. We’ll just bug her via Twitter until she’s forced to respond.’ Not a bad tactic after all, considering it worked.
The collective power of fans on Twitter is real. After being asked about new music she gave in and emailed one of the fans “atTENTtion,” which was later leaked to the Internet. It’s not the fresh Arabian themed “Bad Girls,” but it has a few of the elements of a standard M.I.A. song. “The fullest attempt in my intent/ Is to let you know what is important/ My existence is militant/ Cause my content bangs like it’s potent,” she raps over electronic synths. We’re not mad at the awesome “ATTENTION!” ad-lib from Bone Crusher‘s “Never Scared.” Whether “atTENTtion” is from her forthcoming Mathangi is unknown. If nothing else, let this be a lesson in persistence. The Twitter fans asked, harassed and received.
M.I.A. – “AtTENTion” [Stereogum]
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