MIA has confirmed that her forthcoming album ‘AIM’ will be her last solo release. ‘AIM’ is her fifth studio album.
The rapper and producer confirmed the news during Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show, while debuting her new song, ‘Go Off’ – a collaboration with Skrillex and Blaqstarr.
When asked if ‘AIM’ would be her definitely be her last record, she replied: “Yeah, I think so. I wanna go and do some other stuff and take some time out.” The rapper and producer didn’t shut the door on future music projects entirely, adding: “I’m sure I’ll put music out and make music, but as an album, this just came together after [November 2015 single] Borders and it just seemed like it wrote itself very quickly. I had to just go with it.”
The artist is also no longer headlining London’s Afropunk festival, after comments she made about the Black Lives Matter movement. The festival wrote in a statement:
AFROPUNK has always stood side by side with the thousands of people globally who are involved with our events each year, from the fans attending an AFROPUNK showcase for the first time, to the headline artists playing for capacity crowds on our main festival stages.
“A key part of the AFROPUNK ethos has always been educating one another, breaking down boundaries and sparking conversation about race, gender, religion, sex, culture and everything that makes life worth living.
“This exchange has meant receiving wisdom, as well as imparting it in the most respectful way possible, with the participation of our entire community of fans, creators and artists. This community is something we are incredibly proud of, and this community will always be a priority for us.
“We are excited and honored to do our first AFROPUNK Festival in London and want to do it right. After discussing the situation with the artist and the community, a decision was agreed upon by all involved that M.I.A will no longer headline AFROPUNK London.”