M.I.A. and Diplo’s collaboration finally approved by Interscope [Stream]
M.I.A. and Diplo have finally buried the hatchet, ending nearly a decade of contentious squabbling with a new collaboration, “Bird Song,” primed for M.I.A.’s forthcoming studio album A.I.M.. Though just ahead of the track’s intended release, M.I.A.’s label, Interscope, blocked the collaboration from being approved, and in lieu of its release, a different version of “Bird Song” produced by frequent M.I.A. collaborator Blaqstarr surfaced instead. As the story goes, M.I.A.’s deal with Interscope Records is the foundation of her heated feud and falling out with Diplo. Years later, the pair manage to put their differences aside on “Bird Song” — and while initially it looked like the collaboration might never see the light of day, it has officially come to fruition, landing a spot on the album’s final tracklist.
Both Diplo’s and Blaqstarr’s productions will hold down a spot on A.I.M. with Wes’ version offering an eccentric, worldly backdrop to M.I.A.’s verse-work. Contrasting Diplo’s sweeping upbeat, dancehall-inspired rendition, Blaqstarr’s final product is more stripped-down and reserved, reminiscent of vintage M.I.A. work.
When Diplo and M.I.A. first joined forces over a decade ago, the pair made Grammy-nominated music together on M.I.A.’s instant-classic “Paper Planes.” She even introduced him to Switch, which eventually led to Major Lazer’s emergence. Now, with their feud behind them, “Bird Song” marks a pivotal moment for M.I.A. and Diplo, and the possibilities now – over a decade later – are limitless.