Filed under: Music, Video | Tags: bahn xeo, blue scholars, diplo, geologic, jay-z, kala, kanye west, Lil Wayne, m.i.a., paper planes, paper trail, pineapple express, prometheus brown, sabzi, swagger like us, T.I.
I remember a year ago, Steph and I were sitting on the homie Ben’s couch at his house in Saigon, Vietnam, and listening to a leaked version of M.I.A.’s second album, Kala. To be honest, on first listen, we weren’t feeling it. Keep in mind, we were HUGE fans of Arular. Feeling a little disappointed, my impatient ass was about to turn the stereo off and go on a bahn xeo run when the Clash horn/guitar sample that opens “Paper Planes,” blasts through the speakers. Needless to say we forgot about the crepe.
Today, I still consider Arular a stronger album then Kala. But “Paper Planes” is M.I.A.’s greatest song made thus far in her career…and a year later, it’s spreading beyond her typical indie-electronic-blipster-ilovebailefunk-progressive fanbase. spreading fast.
CASE IN POINT 1:
DOWNLOAD: T.I. feat. Kanye West, Jay-Z & Lil Wayne – “Swagger Like Us”
(via the usual suspects)
This song from T.I.’s Paper Trail, which might possibly be the greatest collabo track of 2008, samples a line from “Paper Planes.” The credits should really say “featuing M.I.A.” since she, by far, as the greatest swagger of all the voices on the track, [wink].
CASE IN POINT 2:
The Pineapple Express trailer:
Diplo, the producer of “Paper Planes” and M.I.A. (they were once a couple) at home singing an early version of the song.
“Swagger Like Us” is produced by Yeezy.
I assumed that all the readers out there have this track already, but if not, here you go:
DOWNLOAD: M.I.A. – “Paper Planes”
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