“I saw M.I.A. play [at Coachella] two years ago and it was probably one of the most amazing shows I ever saw,” claimed the Mad Decent label boss. “Last year she played, too, and it was kind of lame.” … “[We’re not friends] anymore. No one in my camp talks to her anymore. She’s kind of really gone crazy.”
“She got famous off ‘Paper Planes’. She had already thrown in the towel when that record came out. Before that, she was like, ‘I’m retiring. I’m going to marry this guy, fuck it.’ Then ‘Paper Planes’ blew up and she was like, ‘Oh shit. I gotta take advantage of this. I’m actually an artist now.”
“Maya left herself open for attacks”, Diplo continues. “She’s not an easy artist to criticize because she’s very left-leaning, she’s progressive, she’s a woman. She’s good in a lot of aspects, but when it comes to die-hard, facts-on-the-ground politics, she’s at zero. She’s nothing. I told her at the beginning of the third record, like, do not bring politics into this. Obama’s the president, for one. You just can’t glamorize terrorism, it’s not cool… You can’t hide behind that shit. But she totally did. She didn’t have a plan B. I told her from the beginning, it’s not going to work. And Lynn Hirschberg just ate it up. If she didn’t, the critics would have ate her up anyway because the record wasn’t good.”
The Hirschberg Diplo refers to is the New York Times writer who wrote a scathing piece on M.I.A. last year, prompting the singer to retaliate by posting Hirschberg‘s phone number on Twitter. M.I.A. later posted up some audio of the interview that appeared to prove, at least in certain regards (namely the infamous truffle fries), that the journalist had set her up.