It's become quite the habit in my apartment to have music videos playing on the television in the morning while we get ready. This morning, while watching FUSE, M.I.A.'s latest music video "Bad Girls" came on and was instantly reminded on a few things: 1) how awesome of a video this was (and still is), 2) how far and becoming of a woman M.I.A. has come along in her career and 3) how striking she is, even through a television.
I remember very vividly the first time I discovered who M.I.A. was. One early morning in 2005 while getting ready for work, I had MTV playing on my television (back when MTV actually played music videos), and this very different sounding, but incredibly awesome song came on called "Bucky Done Gun." I was immediately drawn to my television upon hearing it. I saw this striking brown girl, M.I.A., dancing in her cutting edge and incredibly bright outfits sounding different than anyone I've ever heard. And I liked it! I was glued to the TV for the entire video, and I remember this because I ended up being late for work that morning. ;)
Sure enough, this music video encouraged me to get her album and every album after that, and I've been listening to her since. After her single "Paper Planes" was featured in the film Slumdog Millionaire M.I.A. gained commercial fame, but she didn't let the pressures of popular demand affect her musical ability and she proved that real well when she released "Bad Girls." M.I.A., you bad ass chick, you've always been on my muse list. OW!