The rapper had previously said ‘Birds’ will feature production from Diplo, with whom she had not worked since they publicly fell out in 2010. However, that version of the track remains unreleased and earlier this week MIA dropped a remix of the track by Blaqstarr. Listen below.
Writing on Instagram earlier today, MIA blamed her label for the delay in dropping the Diplo-produced version of ‘Birds’, saying: “Interscope wont clear the diplo bird song so it can’t can’t be released !” However, she did not reveal why her label have allegedly decided to block the Diplo version’s release.
The Diplo-produced version of ‘Birds’ had been expected to become the second single from M.I.A.’s fifth studio album ‘A.I.M.’, which is due on September 9. ‘Go Off’, the album’s lead single, was released last month. The star has previously said that the record will be her last.
M.I.A. 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.
Last year, M.I.A. accused Diplo of being jealous of her success in an interview in Rolling Stone. Diplo is credited with co-producing M.I.A.’s biggest chart hit, ‘Paper Planes’. The pair, who met in 2003, also had a five-year-long relationship.