M.I.A. is back! The British rapper has announced her long-awaited sixth album MATA and shared the new song “The One.” Update — 5/27: M.I.A. has now shared the official music video for “The One.” It shows the musician enjoying picturesque waters full of lily pads, and you can watch it below.
With a vibey hip-hop beat co-produced by T-Minus, Rex Kudo, Charlie Handsome, and Heavy Mellow, “The One” evokes the artist’s breakout hit “Paper Planes.” On the track, she drops swaggering rhymes like, “They be sleeping on the heat/ Yeah so I let em know/ Zoned in dialed in/ Tuned in to the core.”
In an interview with Apple Music, M.I.A. explained the record is about “still trying to find truth” and “the battle of the ego versus you finding yourself and you finding the spiritual leader.”
The studio set is M.I.A.’s first full-length in the nearly six years since she released 2016’s AIM, and marks the start of her freshly-inked global deal with Island Records. There is no release date for the record as of yet.
The musician will be spending much of the summer on tour in Europe, beginning with an appearance at Stockholm’s Gröna Lund festival on June 1, followed by sets at Heartland Fest in Denmark; Primavera in Barcelona, Spain; InVersion Festival in Lyon, France; and more.
Back in 2020, the “Paper Planes” singer released one-off single “OHMNI 202091” and also collaborated with Travis Scott and Young Thug on “FRANCHISE,” just months after being awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Prince William for her “services to music” in Great Britain. Since then, she’s also gotten into the NFT game by selling her digital artwork on the popular cryptocurrency blockchains.
M.I.A. 2022 Tour Dates:
06/01 — Stockholm, SE @ Gröna Lund
06/02 — Funen, DK @ Heartland Fest
06/10 — Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/11 — Dijon, FR @ VYV Festival
06/12 — Marseille, FR @ Marsatac Festival
06/17 — Lyon, FR @ InVersion Festival
06/18 — Montendre, FT @ Freemusic Festival
07/08 — Oeiras, PT @ NOS Alive
07/09 — Biscay, ES @ BBK Bilbao Live