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Pop Beefs: M.I.A vs Lady GaGa – Whose Side Are You On?

by Yvette Travillian

OK, so my final opinion on Lady GaGa is still sitting in the jury’s hands. Though relatively new to the game, I did like a couple of joints off of her first and second albums, The Fame and The Fame Monster, but it’s gonna take maybe one more full-length LP and at least another year in the industry under her belt before I can decide if I’m a fan or not.  However, I’ve got to give it to her (or her stylist) with the… ummm bold(?) fashion statements she makes. It definitely helps to keep her relevant regardless of what the music may sound like.

Then there’s M.I.A. I’ve been a fan of hers since 2004 when I caught her “Sunshowers” video on the internet. I thought she was unique with a dope sense of style and a message behind her lyrics and her album Arular was a favorite of mine. During her early stages there wasn’t really anyone quite like her and therefore, she had a grip on the the alternative market without having to worry about too much competition. She “crossed-over” per se with her 2007 album Kala which earned her two Grammy nods (how bad-ass was that when she went on stage  to perform  knowing she was hours away from having a baby?) and is now gearing up to release her third album sometime this summer.

But now it appears that the claws are coming out and M.I.A is not feeling  Lady GaGa (who is also her label-mate) and she ain’t afraid to voice it either. She recently did an interview with NME Magazine and had a few choice words about the new songstress. And I’m not sure if M.I.A is hating or just simply not feeling GaGa’s artistry. They’re both creatively talented and surely there’s enough space for both of them in everyone’s iPods, but the first shot has been fired and I can only wait to see what (if anything) will happen next. Peep M.I.A’s comments below:

NME: Do we still need record labels?

M.I.A: Are they even interested in making money from music anymore? Lady Gaga plugs 15 things in her new video. Dude, she even plugs a burger! That’s probably how they’re making money right now – buying up the burger joint, putting the burger in a music video and making loads of burger money.

NME: Do you think those programmes and the internet have destroyed the mythology around popstars?

M.I.A: 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 f*cking do! That’s a talent and she’s got a great team behind her, but she’s the industry last 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.

NME: How important are image and visuals to your music?

M.I.A: Very. But it’s not like “Haus of Gaga” (laughs). Me blindfolded with naked men feeding me apples and sh*t. Would you ever make a record for a Twilight soundtrack? They asked me. Luckily Jimmy [Iovine, chairmen of M.I.A.’s US label Interscope] had beef with the Twilight people, so he stepped in and told them to f*ck off.


  • http://thecouchsessions.com Stone

    Hmm…..I’m kind of torn on this.

    Ever since seeing her live, I’ve become a huge fan of Lady Gaga. Her interviews and her mysterious persona definitely hark back to the era of the true pop star.

    HOWEVER, I gotta agree with MIA on the music. Gaga is a lot more talented than the labels would let on (she plays a MEAN piano) and the generic pop music that she puts out does not live up to her persona.

    But having that said, if she didn’t put out generic pop music, would we be talking about Lady Gaga? Would she be relevant? I doubt it. It’s a catch 22.

  • Kristina

    I love that MIA got her with the “sounds like 20 year old Ibiza music” comment. It’s true, for all her arty-farty weirdness Gaga’s music is more than a little mundane. The only song that’s won me over so far is “Bad Romance” but even that could be a throwaway track off 90’s Madonna album. But I respect the fact that she’s subverting the whole pop machine. Cause yeah, it is a catch-22. If she didn’t make watered-down dance music she wouldn’t be top 40 and have the platform to freak out Middle America. Then again, MIA managed to stay truly weird/political/artistic and end up with a song that every kid in America knows the words too.

  • NTOAUHRA

    Excuse me… just a second… Who Da F*ck is M.I.A???
    i tryed to google her ,and surprizingly found out that she a sri lanki whore whose mom had so much herpes on her vagina (or penis) that her daughter MIA turn out to be as ugly as she is… seriously MIA vs Lady GaGa???
    a week ago the fame was certified Diamond what da fuck is that whore talking about??
    now im sure that sri lanki are only made to clean houses and nothing more…
    “She sounds more like me than I f*cking do!” self promoting whore….

  • http://www.thecouchsessions.com KFK

    Personally, I think this ‘beef’ is way over-hyped, M.I.A has always had her strong opinions. But as far as the argument itself goes, personally I don’t believe Lady GaGa is any kind of speaker for the arty crowd, if such a ‘crowd’ exists. She has her own originality in her visual style and people are right when they say she isn’t performing to her fullest. She is pop, people still love it- be it true talent or shallow gimmick.
    I love M.I.A (one of my favorites hands down) and what she has been able to do with not only music but also in the world- an international party startin’ icon if there ever was one. Though I don’t really know what she’s going after with these comments, I feel this might be another case of M.I.A mouthin’ off because she feels like it…it’s just who she is.

    But ultimately trying to M.I.A and Lady GaGa is as good as comparing apples and oranges.

  • http://www.thecouchsessions.com KFK

    No ‘sides'(seriously?) should be taken- it’s different music.

  • http://www,dirtyprettythangs.com PBG

    I like Ga-Ga, but she’s a pop-machine of sorts & I don’t think she’s allowed to showcase all her talent. I like a lot her songs. Yes, I like them. She reminds me of Madonna as a performer (a tiny bit) and I see her attempts at Grace Jones, but I think she falls short. I mean really…who can do Grace Jones BUT Grace Jones???

    M.I.A. on the other hand, I LOVE her music & she “feels” more authentic to me. Her brand of edgy comes off a lot less manufactured. I’ve been a fan of her since early 2005 when my former employer handed me a copy of “Arular” and suggested I give it a listen. He thought I’d like and I did, immensely. I definitely see M.I.A.’s points here, and I tend to agree.

    Ultimately, I don’t think any “sides” can be taken because they are both way too different. Like you said, there’s room enough for both of them in everybody’s iPod. They both reside happily in mine.

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  • CCCC

    Defintley with MIA…I’ll never buy a lady aga CD..doesn’t do anything for me. everything she is doing has been done before, and by that I don’t mean she’s being ‘barely inspired’ but that she…she is literally milling out replica shit of what other people have done. She is a little “too” inspired of artist from the past, as well as some current artist who were around before her. she gets way to much credit for sucking.

  • http://facebook.com.au Random Bitch

    first of all i like to say FUCK YOU M.I.A who the fuck do you think you are if ”LADY GAGA” was in her face and M.I.A said those words LADY GAGA would of turned her poker face into a ugly sluty face with a black eye i fought M.I.A was a humble musician and now i see her for what she trully ia witch is a ugly sluty whory drag queen

    GO TEAM GAGA
    LADY GAGA
    LADY GAGA
    LADY GAGA
    LADY GAGA

  • Strike

    I Love M.I.A but this makes her look petty she acts like she doesn’t have producers and stylist. Even if she believes Gaga is fake, Gaga still one ups her because she can perform LIVE! which is more impressive IMO.

  • Jagger

    @NTOAUHRA
    “Excuse me… just a second… Who Da F*ck is M.I.A???
    i tryed to google her ,and surprizingly found out that she a sri lanki whore whose mom had so much herpes on her vagina (or penis) that her daughter MIA turn out to be as ugly as she is… seriously MIA vs Lady GaGa???
    a week ago the fame was certified Diamond what da fuck is that whore talking about??”

    Just because you’ve never heard of her in the US, that doesn’t make her a nobody. According to Time Magazine, MIA is one of the 100 most influential people in the world, which is certainly far more impressive than Lady Gaga selling millions.

    And if you think MIA is “ugly”, then what is Lady Gaga? At least MIA has never been accused of being a “man” like Lady Gaga has.

    @Strike
    “I Love M.I.A but this makes her look petty she acts like she doesn’t have producers and stylist. Even if she believes Gaga is fake, Gaga still one ups her because she can perform LIVE! which is more impressive IMO.”

    MIA performed live when she was pregnant, just hours before she gave birth! That’s far more impressive than anything Lady Gaga has ever done live.

  • Donna

    This is sad, M.I.A’s talent has been around longer and is so much stronger. I THINK IT’S A SHAME THE TWO ARE EVEN BEING CoMPARED, esp HERE?!

  • http://www.danosongs.com pop music

    You are only saying about two pop stars. But we never forgot the great Madonna.

  • Sara M.

    I LOVE M.I.A!
    Lady GagGag thinks shes the coolest shiz just cause she haves the gay community and teen girls with no sense of music at her fingertips. M.I.A raps about the truth just like she told it off here.Lady Gaga fans just can;t handel it cause bitch got told the truth!

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