Following a bevy of teasers, M.I.A.’s latest project debuted earlier today on Apple’s streaming service. Entitled Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader Than a Border, the piece includes the Matangi cut “Warriors” and new track “Swords” and sees the two songs accompanying a short film and dancing men and women in both India and West Africa. Billed as the “first in a series of truly global and characteristically DIY M.I.A. releases over the coming months,” Matahdatah Scroll 01 gives fans a good idea of what can be expected from the future releases: collections of M.I.A. tracks along videos directed and edited by the artist herself.
Altogether, the individual projects will form M.I.A.’s forthcoming album/film about borders, Matahdatah. Said the artist of the project:
My new song Swords was filmed in a Temple in India and we recorded the clang of the metal to make the beat at the same time as shooting these incredible girls. There’s ten more of these countries coming and I haven’t chased where to go yet, so who knows where this project will take me. Warriorswas shot in Cote d’Ivoire with a guy I saw in a YouTube video doing the most incredible dancing. I tracked down that exact guy, flew out there and played him the Warriors track. He did his thing for me. He is a spiritual warrior and communicates through dancing. It’s a lifelong commitment for him to be the designated spiritual body that channels that dance.
Matahdatah Scroll 01 is available now via Apple Music.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the silhouette, VILLA and rapper Wale have teamed up with ASICS to craft an Independence Day-themed “Bottle Rocket” edition of the GEL-Lyte III. First teased earlier this month, the design boasts a predominately black upper, donning premium leather paneling as a white star motif appears beneath black mesh overlays. Additional touches are highlighted by patriotic red, white and blue accents across the likes of the laces, branding, speckled midsole and rubber outsole while reflective touches evoke the explosive nature of the shoe’s namesake.
The “Bottle Rocket” edition of the popular split-tongued retro will be available at VILLA in limited quantities beginning June 26.
Audrey Magazine: (by Arianna Caramat)
In a culture that’s been relatively dominated by a heterosexual male narrative, Hip Hop has been a hard place for women–let alone Asian American women–to truly dominate. As raptivist Aisha Fukushima once described to me, booty, bullets, and bling have countlessly been glorified by male rappers. I mean, take Big Sean’s “Dance (a$$)” for example. It’s blatantly written in the title.
But don’t give up on hip hop just yet! We have a list of strong Asian female emcees who are still under the radar but counter that male-driven narrative. Of course, they also prove women can keep it one-hundred.
Rocky Rivera (U.S.)
This thought-provoking, powerful spitter and Bay Area-native started out as an accomplished journalist before dedicating herself to her musical craft.
Hailing from Saigon, Vietnam, Suboi stands as the country’s number one female emcee and Queen of Hip Hop. Not to mention, she became the first Vietnamese artist to perform at SXSW.
Don’t be fooled by the comedic moniker! Akwafina’s tongue-and-cheek lines have been embraced by countless other women and celebrated as something good for feminism since her song, “My Vag,” went viral.
This emcee is a lecturer for an international college during the week, a rapper by weekend, and a full-time mother. With a full plate like that, Yacko still manages to be recognized as one of Indonesia’s most respected emcees.
Miss Ko (Taiwan)
This Taiwanese American emcee made the move from New York to Taiwan where she garnered a government grant to produce an album; however, all production was halted after an almost-fatal accident. After 2 years of healing and an album later, Miss Ko became the first female rapper to have a No. 1 album in Taiwan.
Ruby Ibarra (U.S.)
She may be fun-sized, but her raps will knock you out! Also a Bay Area local, Ibarra has started gathering national attention and is known for melding together English and Tagalog into her flows.
Yurika isn’t a stranger to the rap scene in Tokyo, she’s the emcee who’s spearheading the next generation of rappers in Japan. With her cuteness and juxtaposing hard flows, she caught the attention of the Dream Boy label and became their most recent signee.
Japan’s the POOL aoyama has released a collection of apparel honoring iconic hip-hop/rap group, Wu-Tang Clan. Adorned with the group’s trademark bat signal, the collection comes with a sweatshirt hoodie as well as a T-shirt. The pieces are a part of the POOL aoyama’s MELANISM collection, and is available in limited quantities.
The sweatshirt retails for ¥18,000 JPY (approximately $145 USD) and the T-shirt for ¥8,000 JPY (approximately $65 USD). The pieces are available now over at the POOL aoyama’s site.
JAY Z might have 99 problems, but Beyoncé and Sony are numbers one and two. Sony, who owns Beyoncé’s discography, is still in talks with TIDAL over the streaming service’s right to host its artist’s music. Reportedly, the Japanese conglomerate is asking for a huge sum of money from the service as a guarantee, and is threatening to take off Queen B’s content unless the amount is paid.
Ironically, Beyoncé is a co-owner of TIDAL and JAY Z’s wife, but it remains to be seen how this saga will unfold. Make sure to check out HYPETRAK for more music-related news.