MIA shared “Beep”, the latest single from their upcoming album MASTand revealed the LP artwork.
The track follows the recent release “Popular” giving a taste of the next disc, which will be released on October 14 via Island Records.
“The next generation transcends women and men / Bring a noise, make it count, yeah, do it againMIA raps on the new track. “Never quit, never give up, don’t pretend / Tell a friend all the rules you’ll break.”
The work for MAST features a photo of the world-renowned, boundary-pushing entertainer wearing a crown of thorns in silver, with the portrait surrounded by a kaleidoscopic technicolor pattern and his stage name etched on top in silver.
‘Popular’ saw the star team up with Diplo and Boaz van de Beatz to create an uplifting anthem of self-love, with his boasting:Yeah, love me like I love me, love me / Suddenly it’s all about me, about me / Now you wanna be around me, around me / ‘Cause I love myself, I’m living my best life.”
Previously, MIA announced MAST with the track “The one,” his first release under his new contract with Island Records. At the time, the artist also spoke with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, revealing more about the upcoming album.
“I think there’s a bit of a battle on the record,” she said. “There is a bit of conflict, but the conflict is, like, your ego and your spirituality. These are the clashes because, as a musician, you need ego, otherwise you can’t do it. Also, genre of music – genres I should say – is very much like egocentrism.
Expanding on her multi-dimensional approach to the record, MIA explained that the album splits into several facets of itself. “I couldn’t let go of the Tamil side. I think that’s why 50% of the disk is kinda like that. Because I am still me. Like, it’s still my language,” she said. “And those are always my tools to be able to create beats like that or sound like that, you know. But I think the message was just to get to a peaceful place.
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