More information on the London rapper’s supposed final album.

Zayn Malik has joined the list of heavy-hitters appearing on M.I.A.’s upcoming album AIM. The two have teamed up for the track ‘Freedun’, which M.I.A. told Entertainment Weekly was written via text: “We just basically did it while I was here, because I’ve been here for a week-and-a-half. We’ve just been going back and forth on, you know, WhatsApp.”

M.I.A. was originally asked to contribute to his solo effort Mind of Mine because they have the same publisher. “Before I started writing properly my own stuff, I was thinking maybe I’ll write for other people instead. I really wanted to write a song for Zayn,” she told EW. “We had a couple people in common. And that’s how it came about. I didn’t really approach him for my own record until later on. First, I thought I wanted to try writing a song for him.”

‘Bird Song’, a collaboration with Diplo and the next single from AIM, is slated for release this Friday, August 12. AIM is set to drop on September 9.

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