[lastfm]M.I.A.[/lastfm]’s penchant for picking fights keeps getting her into verbal scraps with fellow music superstars! According to reports, Maya Arulpragasam, or [lastfm]M.I.A.[/lastfm] to her fans and the music industry, got into it with [lastfm]Pharrell Williams[/lastfm] of [lastfm]N.E.R.D.[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Neptunes[/lastfm] fame at a gala in May.
He criticized her for her shots at artists in the press, and she fired back, “I was a bit offended because he was talking about the shepherd and the sheep, and I was like, ‘I never think I’m making music for sheep, I’m making music for shepherds… people who think like individuals and who want to be their own f—-ng leader.'”
Who else has the pilot of “Paper Planes” offended? Let’s look at the match-ups:
M.I.A. Vs. Pharrell Williams
The Beef: He says she’s too combative; she says she doesn’t make music for “sheep.”
The Defense: Williams has worked with artists from [lastfm]Kanye West[/lastfm] to [lastfm]Britney Spears[/lastfm], so the man knows a little bit about getting along with others.
The verdict: Not everyone has to play nice. Some musicians work better in groups, while others go it alone.
M.I.A. Vs. Lady Gaga
The Beef: “[[lastfm]Lady Gaga[/lastfm]]’s not progressive, but she’s a good mimic,” [lastfm]M.I.A.[/lastfm] told British mag NME. “She sounds more like me than I f—ing do!”
The Defense: Gaga has sold millions more records than [lastfm]M.I.A.[/lastfm], and is the name on everyone’s lips for the moment.
The Verdict: Gaga *does* sound a lot like M.I.A. on the hook for [lastfm]Wale[/lastfm]’s “Chillin’,” but I’ve never heard of a Haus of Maya.
The Winner: [lastfm]Lady Gaga[/lastfm]
M.I.A. Vs. The New York Times
The Charge: [lastfm]M.I.A.[/lastfm] felt misquoted and taken out of context in a feature piece written by New York Times writer Lynn Hirschberg. In retribution, Maya posted Hirschberg’s phone number online and encouraged fans to call.
The Defense: The New York Times is one of the most prestigious papers in the country, and Hirschberg has a long career of writing to back her up.
The Verdict: Posting the phone number was over-the-top, but the Times did have to run a correction to the story.
Winner: [lastfm]M.I.A.[/lastfm] (but points off for excessive celebration with the phone thing)
M.I.A. Vs. Oprah
The Beef: [lastfm]M.I.A.[/lastfm] claims that Oprah gave her the cold shoulder at the same gala where Maya and Pharrell got into it.
The Defense: She’s freaking Oprah.
The Verdict: Maya, dear, you’ve made some enemies. But ask around: Don’t step on Oprah.
Winner: Do you have to ask?
Anyone want to guess who [lastfm]M.I.A.[/lastfm] takes on next? We’re hoping for a war (of the words, mind you) with Russell Crowe: