MIA: 'I'm a rapper, not a popstar'

'Bring The Noize' performer says she doesn't feel popular enough to be classed a popstar

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MIA has said that she doesn’t feel popular enough to be classed as a popstar.

Instead, the 'Bring The Noize' performer says she feels more comfortable being referred to as a rapper. MIA revealed her insecurities during an interview about the release of her new album 'Matangi' for V Magazine.

"I dunno… it's weird," she told the interviewer. "I'm not really a popstar. I don't think I'm popular enough to be a proper popstar. I prefer being called a rapper."

Responding to a question about whether she ever doubted herself, she added: "Yeah, after I made the last record I was no longer on XL, my old label, and I felt like I didn't know how to make a big pop record.I didn't know how to do the thing that everyone wanted me to do - which seemed like the only thing you could do on a major label."

Meanwhile, it was reported on Wednesday (November 6) that work has begun on the much-delayed documentary about MIA. The film will be the feature-length debut of Steve Loveridge, who has been a collaborator of the musician since they met at St Martins art college in London.

Earlier this year, Loveridge appeared to quit the project after leaking a trailer for the film, which featured glimpses of Kanye West, Diplo and Julian Assange as well as MIA. However, shooting is now said to have begun in London thanks to backing from UK-based non-profit documentary support organisation BRITDOC, which will co-produce the project.

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