It’s funny that M.I.A.’s Wiki lists her occupation as ‘rapper’. Her music is so far outside all the usual definitions of genre, she’s basically her own genre. Also, she has an MBE. Also, I guess she’s in “retirement” now. Hopefully, it won’t stick, because I need to hear whatever she has to say about the world right now. Anyhow, even if she never makes another record, I think that we can all agree that M.I.A. is one of the most important artists of the past decade, and the one before that too. She cooked up a whole new pan-global pop music model. It’s music that could only have happened in an internet-powered diaspora where everyone is always crossing borders, carrying a clashing, joyful, angry, constantly changing cultural legacy.