Transatlantic Rebels Podcast – Episode 4: M.I.A. “Maya”

Podcast

Here is a new podcast from the Transatlantic Rebels. They are continuing their series of in-depth looks at the various albums released by M.I.A… Next up is “Maya” from 2010. They will cover every album in the lead up to “AIM” so you should really check it out here.

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M.I.A. – “Bad Girls”

Arabic, Burban, Hip Hop, R&B, Rap, Tamil, UK Asian

SCORE: 8.1

The journey of M.I.A. has taken her from Acton/Sri Lanka (Arular), to all around the world (Kala), subsequently marrying the heir to a billionaire and having a child (Maya) and finally to bonafide global superstar. If any further confirmation were needed, just watch the SuperBowl halftime show tonight – she appears alongside Nicki Minaj and Madonna, an extraordinary feat that nobody would have dared to predict 8 years ago. Back in her own right, the precursor to her forthcoming album is the incessantly catchy “Bad Girls” produced by Danja. The Romain Gavras video (shot in Morocco) is perhaps one of the most overblown and visually arresting in recent memory, making Lady Gaga’s visuals look like they were recorded on a Flip. Danja’s production is, of course, reminiscent of his collaborations with Timbaland circa 2006, all Arabic strings, flutes and pomp, and Maya herself just repeats baiting catchphrases, beating you over the head until you submit. It’s sexy, empowering and gutsy. Just like M.I.A. herself. (Reviewed by Jesal)

Bad Girls - Bad Girls - Single

LYRICS:

Live fast, die young- Bad Girls do it well (x4)

My chain hits my chest
When I’m bangin’ on the dashboard
My chain hits my chest
When I’m bangin’ on the radio

Get back, get down
Pull me closer if you think you can hang
Hands up, hands tied
Don’t go screaming if I blow you with a bang

Sukhi Sukhi / I’m coming in the Cherokee / Gasoline / There’s steam on the window screen/ Take it, take it / Wheels bouncing like a trampoline / When I get to where I’m going, gonna have you trembling

Live fast, die young, Bad Girls do it well (x4)

My chain hits my chest
When I’m banging on the dashboard
My chain hits my chest
When I’m banging on the radio

Yeah back it, back it/ Yeah pull up to the bumper game/ Read the signal/ Cover me, cause I’m changing lanes/ Had a handle on it/ My life, I broke it/ When I get to where I’m going, gonna have you saying it

Live fast, die young, Bad Girls do it well (x4)

My chain hits my chest
When I’m banging on the dashboard
My chain hits my chest
When I’m banging on the radio

Get back, get down
Pull me closer if you think you can hang
Hands up, hands tied
Don’t go screaming if I blow you with a bang

Go into bitch, yeah I’m seeing four million / Accelerating fast, I can do this in a second / Looking in the rear-view, swaggin’ going swell / Leaving boys behind, cos it’s leaving just to kill / Shift gear automatic, damned if I do / Who is gonna stop me when I’m coming through? / What we’ve got left is just me and you / But if I go to bed, baby, can I take you?

Get back, get down
Pull me closer if you think you can hang
Hands up, hands tied
Don’t go screaming if I blow you with a bang

Live fast, die young, Bad Girls do it well (x8)