I have an anti-biter’s dislike of Santogold. No disrespect to Santogold fans that see something new in her style, but everything from her crayon box fashions to her rambunctious music and sing-song chanting is nothing but a bad attempt to create the African-American version of M.I.A., who dropped in 2005. Only the Fader types really caught on to M.I.A’s debut album. That may change with her song “Paper Planes”; a featured soundtrack selection in this weekend’s guaranteed box office smash Pineapple Express.
The “Paper Planes” video has 8 million some odd views on YouTube.
M.I.A. “Paper Planes”
As much as I love her music and “Paper Planes” is addicting, what if there is a hidden message in the song? Something like a nod to some of her terrorist friends back in her homeland, Sri Lanka? Don’t worry, I’m not racial profiling - remember I love this girl. I’ve been a one man street team, handing out freshly burned CDs to anyone who will listen.
But this morning I fell on a video by a guy named DeLon.
DeLon >> “Paper Planes” Exposed (?)
He claims some of the imagery and references in M.I.A’s music are shout outs to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil - a Sri Lanka based group, that 31 countries have labeled as a terrorist organization. They sport a tiger on their flag.
The national flag of Sri Lanka has a tiger lion holding a sword on it, but M.I.A. has used tigers, guns, explosions, and vague talk about the boyz since album one.
In “Paper Planes” she has a line about injecting poison in the system..
“Pirate skulls and bones
Sticks and stones and weed and bombs
Running when we hit ‘em
Lethal poison through their system..”
And the chorus..
“All I wanna do is (BANG BANG BANG BANG!)
And (KKKAAAA CHING!)
Take your money”
The oddest line comes at the end, she smiles and waves her hands.
“Some some some some I murder
some a some I let go.”
Check the CD sleeve..
What do grenades, a bottle of poison, and skull and bones have to do with.. well, anything? Plus in the closing moments of the video there are scenes of paper planes flying at a bridge..
and a truck in the last scene with a skull and bones with swords on it.
I can’t say what any of that means, and M.I.A’s official condemnation of DeLon’s video is really weak.
“I don’t support terrorism and never have,” she wrote in a statement. “As a Sri Lankan that fled war and bombings, my music is the voice of the civilian refugee. Frankly, I am not trying to start dialogue with someone who is really just seeking self-promotion.”
So someone accuses you of supporting terrorists and that’s all you come up with?
By the way, the average YouTuber that dismisses DeLon, don’t dispute his claims about the video. It’s more of a ‘f*ck you thing going on. These people tend to be supporters of Tamil, but say that it isn’t a terrorist organization. “LTTE ARENT TERRORISTS THEY JUST WANT THEIR LAND AND THEY ARE FIGHTING THE RACIST SRI LANKA GOVERNMENT WHICH HAS BRAINWASHED MOST OF THE WORLD!!”
I don’t know, do I toss my M.I.A. CDs in the trash now?
Not a chance. I feel like a sheltered, suburban white kid who just discovered NWA: living vicariously through the gangsta of it all.