M.I.A. recently questioned whether or not Lady Gaga should be compared to iconic performer Madonna.
M.I.A. wondered how much of an impact Gaga has had on the culture.
“I can’t talk about Gaga anymore,” she said. “All I’ll say is, it’s upsetting when babies say ga-ga now. It used to be innocent. Now, they’re calling her name.” “You can’t really say that Gaga is culturally a change,” Maya said. “Madonna was truly unique.” “Madonna is the one,” Maya said. “Madonna did amazing songs. She had an amazing sense of style, without a stylist. And she was flawed, and sometimes she admitted it. I’ll fight the fight for Madonna.” (Y2K Daily)
Despite M.I.A.’s claims, Gaga has been welcomed in the rap community by artists like Game, Kanye West and T.I.
“Phenomenal talent. Extremely proud [to work with her],” Tip said about Gaga. “She’s definitely that good. She knows what she’s doing. She knows exactly what she wants people to think and say. She does everything that she needs to be done to ensure it happens.” (MTV)
Konvict Muzik leader Akon talked about “saving” Gaga’s career earlier this year.
“I think what everybody else didn’t,” Akon said about Gaga. “She had went through like four or five labels. When I closed my deal at Interscope, she was getting dropped that week … they was dropping her again. I was like ‘Yo, I wanna sign that right there.’ Jimmy [Iovine] was like ‘Yeah, whatever you want, take her. Let’s get it done.’ She’s blossomed into a super-mega star. She’s pretty much retired me. She was definitely a blessing. She came at the right moment. I’m glad I believed in her, boy. That goes to show, if you believe in something good — it will pay off.” (Associated Press)
Aside from Gaga, M.I.A. recently shared her thoughts on rap stars Nas and Jay-Z.
“Jay became the biggest representation of rap music who’s still alive, started dating Beyoncé–everything was so much bigger and better with Jay-Z. I hope people don’t think that that wins. The fact that Nas didn’t become all this sort of stuff changes people’s perception about the music and the work he achieved in his lifetime. I don’t wanna say Jay-Z sold out, but I just feel like we have to wait another 10 years to see what happens. Jay-Z’s ambition was to become like Frank Sinatra, a household name all over the planet, and own a casino in Vegas and stuff like that. And I think Nas was really sticking to knowledge. I still think the biggest point about hip-hop is in there somewhere, what happens to those two artists.” (Complex)
Check out M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” music video down below: