Like many people who used to be in love, M.I.A. and Diplo have a long, sometimes tortured history. But it looks like whatever came between them is now firmly in the past with the release of M.I.A.’s “Bird Song,” which was produced by Diplo. The track, which is off the British singer’s upcoming album A.I.M., is the second version of the song, the first one produced by Blaqstarr.
Last Saturday, M.I.A called out her record label for apparently blocking the release of the song, but in a Periscope broadcast, she announced they had changed their mind.
The last time M.I.A. and Diplo collaborated, the result was the inescapable anthem “Paper Planes.” The song made M.I.A. a superstar, but their relationship soured and over the years, the two traded barbs over social media and through the press. Last year, M.I.A. told Rolling Stone that Diplo “basically just like shat on every good thing that was happening to me.”
But that’s not all, she added:
When I got signed by Interscope, he literally smashed my hotel room and broke all the furniture because he was so angry I got picked up by a major label and it was the corniest thing in the world that could possibly happen ... So the whole two years I was with him, I just let him dictate. I basically had this man dictate to me how everything in America that I experienced was completely, like, irrelevant and it was nothing.
Um, so, yeah. Anyway, it’s nice to see that bygones are officially bygones. Listen to the track below.