WINNER! :: ILLYGIRL: The M.I.A. Rate

I know, I know I'm a day early setting this up but in tribute to our ratee:
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(I'm actually busy tomorrow and Monday so @RainOnFire please don't kill me!)

POPJUSTICE QUIETEN DOWN, I NEED TO MAKE A SOUND!

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The time has come for us to attach numeric values to the work of outspoken pop-provocateur Mathangi Arulpragasam, otherwise known as M.I.A. Over the space of four studio albums she has been praised and pulled down in equal measure by collaborators and critics for her stances on hot-button issues such as politics, refugees, immigration and internet monitoring. These topics are the main subjects of her music which is a collision of swiped world music influences welded to club-ready electronic beats.

GET YASELF AN EDUCAYSHAAAN:

To take part, all you've got to do is listen to the songs presented below and mark each of them between 0-10. The songs in the Extras category are not mandatory to proceedings but it would be nice to get as many sets of scores for them as possible. Coming from someone who loves awarding 0's to tracks that deserve it, please make use of the full spectrum of scoring as you see fit.

You are also allowed one hallowed 11 to bestow upon your favourite song in the whole rate.

Commentary is also very welcome as it makes the write-ups much more fun.

As we are coming up to the Festive period and quite a few rates currently going on (most of which I intend to take part it too), I'm going to keep voting open for a good chunk of time so you have 5 full weeks until January 4th 2016 to get your scores in. If we get closer to the deadline and anybody needs more time I can be flexible.

Once you've gotten your scores (and commentary) in order click on my username and Start a Conversation to send me a message with them in. I'll reply to acknowledge I've received your scores.

A handy list of songs to copy+paste:
Arular:
01: Ba-Na-Na [Skit]
02: Pull Up The People
03: Bucky Done Gun
04: Sunshowers
05: Fire, Fire
06: Dash The Curry [Skit]
07: Amazon
08: Bingo
09: Hombre
10: One For The Head [Skit]
11: 10 Dollar
12: URAQT
13: Galang
XX: M.I.A. (hidden track after Galang)
XX: You're Good (iTunes/Amazon digital track)
XX: Do Ya (7Digital track)
XX: Lady Killa (7Digital track)

Kala:
01: Bamboo Banga
02: Bird Flu
03: Boyz
04: Jimmy
05: Hussel (feat. Afrikan Boy)
06: Mango Pickle Down River (feat. Wilcannia Mob)
07: 20 Dollar
08: World Town
09: The Turn
10: XR2
11: Paper Planes
12: Come Around (feat. Timbaland)
XX: Shells (deluxe track)
XX: Far Far (deluxe track)
XX: Big Branch (deluxe track)
XX: What I Got (deluxe track)

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01: The Message
02: Steppin Up
03: XXXO
04: Teqkilla
05: Lovalot
06: Story To Be Told
07: It Takes A Muscle
08: It Iz What It Iz
09: Born Free
10: Meds And Feds
11: Tell Me Why
12: Space
XX: Internet Connection (deluxe track)
XX: Illygirl (deluxe track)
XX: Believer (deluxe track)
XX: Caps Lock (deluxe track)

Matangi
01: Karmageddon
02: Matangi
03: Only 1 U
04: Warriors
05: Come Walk With Me
06: aTENTion
07: Exodus (feat. The Weeknd)
08: Bad Girls
09: Boom Skit
10: Double Bubble Trouble
11: Y.A.L.A.
12: Bring The Noize
13: Lights
14: Know It Ain't Right
15: Sexodus (feat. The Weeknd)
XX: Like This (Amazon bonus)
XX: Trouble Again (Spotify bonus)

2015 Singles
01: Swords
01: Borders

Extras
XX: A.R. Rahman & M.I.A. - O... Saya
XX: A$AP Rocky - Fine Whine (feat. Joe Fox, Future and M.I.A.)
XX: Buraka Som Sistema - Sound Of Kuduro (feat. DJ Znobia, M.I.A., Saborosa and Puto Prata)
XX: Christina Aguilera - Elastic Love
XX: Ciara - Goodies (Richard X remix feat. M.I.A.)
XX: Cornershop - Topknot (Caveman remix feat. M.I.A.)
XX: GENER8ION - The New International Sound Pt. II (feat. M.I.A.)
XX: Jamesy B - Nookie (M.I.A. & Jabba Masteroom Remix)
XX: Madonna - Give Me All Your Luvin' (feat. Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.)
XX: Madonna - B-Day Song (feat. M.I.A.)
XX: Major Lazer - Sound Of Siren (feat. Busy Signal and M.I.A.)
XX: Missy Elliott - Bad Man (feat. Vybez Cartel & M.I.A.)
XX: N.A.S.A. - Whachadoin? (feat. Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santigold and Nick Zinner)
XX: Nump - Legalize My Medicine (feat. M.I.A.)
XX: Rye Rye - Bang (feat. M.I.A.)
XX: Rye Rye - Sunshine (feat. M.I.A.)
XX: Sebastian - C.T.F.O. (feat. M.I.A.)
XX: The Very Best - Rain Dance (feat. M.I.A.)
XX: T.I. - Swagga Like Us (feat. Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne)

I haven't included either of M.I.A.'s mixtapes or appearances on others' mixtapes because we've got enough to rate already, OK? If I have genuinely overlooked anything else please let me know and I'll add it if appropriate.
 
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Arular

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M.I.A.'s Mercury prize nominated debut album 'Arular' was released on the 22nd March 2005 and received favourable reviews from a wide range of publications. The backbone of which was created by M.I.A. using a sequencer given to her by friend and frontwoman of Elastica, Justine Frischmann and a four track recorder. This blueprint was then fleshed out by working with producers such as Diplo, Richard X and Switch. 'Arular' was a real grab bag of global influences taking elements from the likes of Brazilian baile funk, London grime and Jamaican ragga.

01: Ba-Na-Na [Skit]
02: Pull Up The People
03: Bucky Done Gun
04: Sunshowers
05: Fire, Fire
06: Dash The Curry [Skit]
07: Amazon
08: Bingo
09: Hombre
10: One For The Head [Skit]
11: 10 Dollar
12: URAQT
13: Galang

XX: M.I.A. (hidden track after Galang)
XX: You're Good (iTunes/Amazon digital track)
XX: Do Ya (7Digital track)
XX: Lady Killa (7Digital track)

Kala

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M.I.A.'s second album was released on the 8th August 2007 and houses 'Paper Planes' which was featured prominently in the Danny Boyle film Slumdog Millionaire. 'Kala' was recorded in various places around the world where M.I.A. soaked up more styles and sounds to add to her arsenal. Well publicised online was her battle with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service who denied her a work visa for unspecified reasons (though purported to be about her lyrics being construed to supporting a terrorist movement).

01: Bamboo Banga
02: Bird Flu
03: Boyz
04: Jimmy
05: Hussel (feat. Afrikan Boy)
06: Mango Pickle Down River (feat. Wilcannia Mob)
07: 20 Dollar
08: World Town
09: The Turn
10: XR2
11: Paper Planes
12: Come Around (feat. Timbaland)

XX: Shells (deluxe track)
XX: Far Far (deluxe track)
XX: Big Branch (deluxe track)
XX: What I Got (deluxe track)

/\/\ /\ Y /\

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"We're growing up in middle of the digital ruckus" For M.I.A.'s third album MAYA, released 7th July 2010, she turned her gaze to the internet and modern paranoia; name-checking global giant Google on intro track 'The Message' and talked in interviews about their nefarious links to governments and data collection. To represent this theme, a lot of the music had a hard, almost metallic edge which saw M.I.A. working with Dubstep producer Rusko on the abrasive 'Steppin Up' and recent N.E.E.T. signee Derek E. Miller (of Sleigh Bells) and sampled influential punk duo Suicide.

01: The Message
02: Steppin Up
03: XXXO
04: Teqkilla
05: Lovalot
06: Story To Be Told
07: It Takes A Muscle
08: It Iz What It Iz
09: Born Free
10: Meds And Feds
11: Tell Me Why
12: Space

XX: Internet Connection (deluxe track)
XX: Illygirl (deluxe track)
XX: Believer (deluxe track)
XX: Caps Lock (deluxe track)

Matangi

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'Matangi' was released 1st November 2013. M.I.A. settled on the title (both a variant spelling of her first name and a Hindu goddess) after travelling to India for inspiration during the recording of the album. She struck up a friendship with controversial figure Julian Assange who suggested the title of the intro track 'Karmageddon' and helped write the lyrics of 'aTENTion'. 'Matangi' also spawned M.I.A.'s most successful UK single to date in 'Bad Girls'.

01: Karmageddon
02: Matangi
03: Only 1 U
04: Warriors
05: Come Walk With Me
06: aTENTion
07: Exodus (feat. The Weeknd)
08: Bad Girls
09: Boom Skit
10: Double Bubble Trouble
11: Y.A.L.A.
12: Bring The Noize
13: Lights
14: Know It Ain't Right
15: Sexodus (feat. The Weeknd)

XX: Like This (Amazon bonus)
XX: Trouble Again (Spotify bonus)

2015 Singles

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01: Swords
01: Borders

Extras

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XX: A.R. Rahman & M.I.A. - O... Saya
XX: A$AP Rocky - Fine Whine (feat. Joe Fox, Future and M.I.A.)
XX: Buraka Som Sistema - Sound Of Kuduro (feat. DJ Znobia, M.I.A., Saborosa and Puto Prata)
XX: Christina Aguilera - Elastic Love
XX: Ciara - Goodies (Richard X remix feat. M.I.A.)
XX: Cornershop - Topknot (Caveman remix feat. M.I.A.)
XX: GENER8ION - The New International Sound Pt. II (feat. M.I.A.)
XX: Jamesy B - Nookie (M.I.A. & Jabba Masteroom Remix)
XX: Madonna - Give Me All Your Luvin' (feat. Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.)
XX: Madonna - B-Day Song (feat. M.I.A.)
XX: Major Lazer - Sound Of Siren (feat. Busy Signal and M.I.A.)
XX: Missy Elliott - Bad Man (feat. Vybz Kartel & M.I.A.)
XX: N.A.S.A. - Whachadoin? (feat. Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santigold and Nick Zinner)
XX: Nump - Legalize My Medicine (feat. M.I.A.)
XX: Rye Rye - Bang (feat. M.I.A.)
XX: Rye Rye - Sunshine (feat. M.I.A.)
XX: Sebastian - C.T.F.O. (feat. M.I.A.)
XX: The Very Best - Rain Dance (feat. M.I.A.)
XX: T.I. - Swagga Like Us (feat. Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne)
 
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81. Madonna - B-Day Song (feat. M.I.A.)
80. Jamesy P - Nookie (feat. M.I.A.)
79. It Iz What It Iz
78. Nump - Legalize My Medicine (feat. M.I.A.)
77. T.I. - Swagga Like Us (feat. Jay-Z, Kanye West & Lil Wayne)
76. Major Lazer - Sound of Siren (feat. M.I.A. & Busy Signal)
75. You're Good
74. The Very Best - Rain Dance (feat. M.I.A.)
72. Far Far
72. Buraka Som Sistema - Sound of Kuduro (feat. DJ Znobia, M.I.A., Saborosa and Puto Prata)
71. Do Ya
70. Believer
69. Lady Killa
67. Lights
67. The Turn
65. Mango Pickle Down River (feat. The Wilcannia Mob)
65. A$AP Rocky - Fine Whine (feat. M.I.A., Future & Joe Fox)
64. Shells
63. A.R. Rahman & M.I.A. - O... Saya
62. Rye Rye - Sunshine (feat. M.I.A.)
61. N.A.S.A. - Whachadoin? (feat. Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santigold & Nick Zinner)
60. Madonna - Give Me All Your 'Luvin (feat. Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.)
59. What I Got
58. It Takes A Muscle
57. Big Branch
56. Missy Elliott - Bad Man (feat. Vybz Kartel & M.I.A.)
55. M.I.A.
53. Like This
53. Trouble Again
51. aTENTion
51. Caps Lock
50. Only 1 U
 
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Just realize I haven't listened to Arular outside of the singles, it's a really great listen even 10 years later.
 

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