MIA has belatedly shared the Diplo-produced version of her track ‘Bird Song’. Scroll down to listen.
The rapper previously dropped a version of the track produced by Blaqstarr, and said her label, Interscope, had refused to clear the Diplo-produced version. However, in a Periscope broadcast earlier today (August 18) she confirmed that the record company dispute has now been resolved.
According to post on Instagram, both versions of ‘Bird Song’ will appear on MIA’s upcoming album.
MIA and Diplo have had a fraught relationship in recent years, with the rapper accusing the producer of being jealous of her success in a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone. Diplo is credited with co-producing M.I.A.’s biggest chart hit, ‘Paper Planes’, and the pair, who met in 2003, also had a five-year-long romantic relationship.
MIA’s fifth studio album, ‘A.I.M.’, is due on September 9, and the rapper has previously said it will be last. ‘Go Off’, the album’s lead single, dropped in July.
MIA recently criticised MTV for not nominating her music video for ‘Borders’ for a VMA. “This is a perfect example of ‘allowed’ voice vs excluded voices,” she wrote on Twitter.
Last month (July), the British artist was dropped from the line-up of London’s Afropunk festival following her controversial comments about the Black Lives Matter movement.