M.I.A.

  • Aired:  11/20/13
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Rapper M.I.A. talks about her Sri Lankan roots, blending politics with music, and the American songwriters who inspire her. (4:18)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THEACCLAIMED RAPPER BEHIND THE

ALBUMS "ARULAR, "KALA," "MAYA,"AND "MATANGI."

EITHER THAT, OR MY TELEPROMPTERIS ON THE FRITZ AGAIN.

PLEASE WELCOME M.I.A.!

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )NICE TO MEET YOU.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMING ON.

ALL RIGHT, LET ME-- AM IPRONOUNCING THAT CORRECTLY,

M.I.A.?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: I DIDN'T KNOW, ITCOULD HAVE BEEN MIA.

YOU HAVE ANOTHER NAME, RIGHT?

>>>> UH-HUH.

>> Stephen: HELP ME OUT.

>> METANGY.

>> Stephen: METANGY.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: AND YOUR LASTNAME.

>> AROPRAGASM?

>> Stephen: IS THAT YOUR REALNAME?

A LOT OF WOMEN FAKE THEAROPRAGASM.

YOU HAVE A NEW ALBUM.

YOU'RE A BIG MUSICIAN.

AND YOU ARE A VISUAL ARTIST,TOO, AREN'T YOU?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: DID YOU DESIGNALL THE STUFF?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: YOU DID?

>> YES.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: I'M IMPRESSED.

WHY NOT STICK TO ONE THING?

WHY DO MORE THAN ONE THING AT ATIME?

>> BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT REFUGEESDO, ISN'T IT.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU AREFUGEE?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: FROM.

>> SRI LANKA.

>> Stephen: YOU WERE BORN INENGLAND?

>> YES, BUT I LIVED IN SRI LANKAFOR TEB YIERS.

>> Stephen: SO AT SOME POINTYOU WERE A REFUGEE FROM ENGLAND.

>> I CAME BACK WHEN IT GOT CRAZYIN SRI LANKA.

>> Stephen: I HAVE A PROBLEMWITH YOU.

>> I KNOW.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU READY FORTHIS?

ARE YOU READY?

ALL RIGHT?

HOW COME YOU HAVE POLITICS INYOUR MUSIC?

OKAY?

IT'S DANCE MUSIC.

( LAUGHTER )JUST LET ME GET UP THERE AND

SHAKE IT.

DO I HAVE TO-- LIKE DO YOU HAVETO DANCE AND THINK ABOUT, LIKE,

THE BOAT MASSACRE OF 1985?

( LAUGHTER ).

>> YES!

>> Stephen: WHY CAN'T YOUJUST SING ABOUT LOVELY LADY

LUMPS OR, LIKE, OR LIKE BUBBLEYUM BUM.

>> SOMEBODY HAD ALREADY WRITTENTHAT SONG.

>> Stephen: WHY DO POLITICS?

>> I DON'T KNOW.

I WAS INSPIRED BY A LOT OFAMERICAN ARTISTS.

>> Stephen: WHO?

>> BOB DYLAN.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

YOU KNOW, PUBLIC ENEMY.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

YOU KNOW, I PUT OUT MY FIRSTSONG AND CAME TO AMERICA, I

THOUGHT YOU GUYS WERE USED TO ITALREADY.

I DIDN'T REALIZE IT WAS SOSHOCKING.

>> Stephen: AS AN ARTIST BORNIN ENGLAND, GREW UP IN SRI

LANKA, WHAT DO YOU THINK OFAMERICA?

YOU'VE BEEN HERE A LONG TIME.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: WHAT DO YOU, OFUS?

WATCH YOUR ANSWER.

>> WHOA!

THIS IS-- I THINK.

>> -->> Stephen: I'LL START,

GREATEST COUNTRY ON EARTH.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> I THINK AMERICA-- I'M GOINGTO BE REALLY CONTROVERSIAL

BECAUSE THAT'S A CONTROVERSIALQUESTION.

>> Stephen: "WHAT DO I THINKOF AMERICA?"

>> YES.

>> Stephen: STAND UP ANDSALUTE, BABY, AND YOU'RE DONE.

>> WELL, YOU KNOW -->> Stephen: I CAN TAKE IT.

>> IN MY MIND THERE ARE NOCOUNTRIES.

LIKE WE'RE ALL ONE.

WE ALL LIVE ON THIS PLANET.

>> Stephen: WHAT DO YOU THINKOF ME?

>> I DON'T KNOW.

THIS IS-- I'VE NEVER WATCHED THESHOW.

>> OH!

>> SORRY, BUT THAT'S BECAUSE IDON'T WATCH TELEVISION.

I DON'T WATCH TELEVISION AS AWHOLE.

IT'S NOT THAT I WAS SINGLING YOUOUT.

>> Stephen: THAT'S OKAY.

IT DOESN'T MATTER.

( LAUGHTER )>> IT'S NICE, NOW NAI'VE MET

YOU, AND YOU CAN SING.

I THINK YOU'RE ONE OF US.

>> Stephen: WHAT?

>> THAT YOU CAN SING.

>> Stephen: I CAN SING?

>> YEAH, YOU CAN SING.

YOU HAVE A NICE SINGING VOICE.

>> Stephen: WOULD YOU PLEASEDO A SONG FOR US?

>> YES, I WILL.

>> Stephen: WE'LL BE RIGHTBACK WITH A PERFORMANCE BY

M.I.A.