I’m just going to chime in on this for a minute, and probably make the situation worse than it already is.
Many of you are already quite familiar with M.I.A, the Sri Lankan-born emcee/crazy performer who’s garish style is already the stuff of legend. Well, as you may also know, she’s been repeatedly accused of supporting the Tamil Tigers, an insurgent group in Sri Lanka responsible for some gruesome bombings and killing.
They’ve made the US Terrorist group list, and probably rightly so. Although they are ‘fighting’ for their own soverign nation, they’ve really done quite a few horrible things (not to say that the Sri Lankan government hasn’t done some bad stuff of their own). Be that as it may, I’m going to concentrate a bit on the hip hop side of this topic.
Now that M.I.A is rather famous, people have been coming out of the woodwork to make their name off her. Most recently, that would be Delon, another (and frankly, much worse) Sri Lankan emcee that has just released a video and track dissing M.I.A and accusing her of supporting terrorism.
I’m going to quote rather broadly from the PItchfork article on this topic, just because I find it amusing:
“Lest you question the self-promotion claim, consider the following: The text beneath the video on the website of DeLon’s label, Ceylon Records, calls the rapper “‘The New Revolution’ in Hip-Hop” and heralds him as “An Emerging International Star” who “represents peace and unity in Sri Lanka.” A press release on the subject goes on to proclaim DeLon “the most recognizable Sri Lankan hip-hop artist after winning the ‘Best Rap Performance’ Award from Derana Music Television (equivalent to MTV in the U.S.).”
And check the tag beneath the video: “M.I.A. EXPOSED NAKED! (Attn: Gruesome Footage)”. That’s pretty much one secret Nigerian bank account short of a spam email subject line.
The same press release notes that DeLon is suing Universal Music Group, parent to M.I.A.’s U.S. label Interscope, for allegedly having his diss video removed from YouTube. A UMG rep was unable to confirm these claims.
And last but not least, let’s not overlook the fact that the Los Angeles-based DeLon’s flow is, well, kinda wack.”
Frankly, it’s all true. He’s definitely a bit of an opportunist, and his flows are pretty lame. That being said, there may be a tinge of truth to what he’s saying. No matter what, it seems like the majority of people are still coming down on M.I.A’s side in this whole matter. Either giving her the benefit of the doubt, or just too skeptical about the emergence of Delon right as M.I.A’s popularity peaks (partially thanks to that Pineapple Express trailer). I guess you can all decide for yourselves.