M.I.A – Born Free (Video Premiere)

April 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

The video for M.I.A’s new song ‘Born Free’ just dropped and it’s interesting to say the least.

It contains sex, violence, police brutality…about as NSFW as you can get. Not for the fainthearted.

M.I.A, Born Free from ROMAIN-GAVRAS on Vimeo.

It’s well shot and I (semi) understand the message it’s trying to convey, but it all seems too severe. With M.I.A it has always been about more than music, her political beliefs have always played a big part in what she does. Which is admirable of course, but now it seems to be taking on more of an importance than the actual music. When this song first dropped most people were excited and then forgot about it a few minutes later….until this video. Now it’s getting A LOT of coverage.

I don’t even have a fully formed opinion here, I’m just wondering…..anyone else have any thoughts?

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