M.I.A. is no stranger to controversy, as the British born Sri-Lankan recording artist is just as known for her "defiant" stage antics, contentious political beliefs, and outrageous music videos (such as 2010's "Born Free" video), than she is for her genre-bending music. But regardless of what you think of her, you can't deny her overall influence in the music world and popular culture ("Paper Planes" was practically our national anthem at one point).
Yesterday, M.I.A. decided to release a new self directed video for her Partysquad assisted cut "Double Bubble Trouble" off of her 2013 LP Matangi. The politically charged video shows her and a number of masked associates posing with an assortment of 3D printed weapons, an obvious forewarning of the dangers of this new technology. It also features a dance number with LED drones circling overhead, many cameras, and numerous references to George Orwell's 1984.
The video also seems to have started a bit of an uproar within M.I.A.'s own label, as Universal Music Group immediately blocked the video after M.I.A. originally uploaded it yesterday morning. But after going on a Twitter campaign and rallying up support from her fans, the label has released the video in all of it's uncensored glory. Peep the visuals below to see what all the fuss is about.