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M.I.A. talks U.S. visa woes, shares new single “Poc That Still a Ryda” — listen

British-Sri Lankan rapper will release “last” LP imminently and tour the U.K. next year

M.I.A. // Photo by Eric Tra
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M.I.A. took some time earlier today to answer questions on Periscope, clarifying that she will release a new LP imminently and confirming that she is having trouble securing a visa to promote the album in the U.S. (“I think I’m gonna have to hire an immigration lawyer to fight the case,” she said.)

The British-Sri Lankan rapper also announced the release of a new single entitled “Poc That Still a Ryda”, which she has now shared along with a music video. In a caption accompanying the video, she describes the track as “a mix of all the songs on my upcoming Lp” and adds: “had to do a remix to let u know , i been poor , i been rich , i been brown , i been black , i seen white and i been around the world a few times ay ay ay ay . LOVE IS THE ANSWER what the question is i don’t fucking know. we in this together.”

M.I.A. has been teasing new music for quite some time now. She dropped “Borders” last November, “Boom ADD” in February, and both “MIA OLA” and “Foreign Friend” in March. She then collaborated with clothing company H&M on a music video for new track “Rewear It”. Last month, she wrote that she’d handed over what she referred to as her “last LP,” presumably the album/film project Matahdatah, to her “American label.” (That label is likely Interscope, through which she released 2014’s Matangi via her own N.E.E.T. Recordings.)

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