You ever get the feeling that M.I.A. doesn’t take “no” for an answer? While her OB-GYN likely had a heart attack, M.I.A. performed at the 2009 Grammy Awards while nine months pregnant. And it turns out that motherhood suited her even more after the fact. “I think having a baby makes me a lot more focused in terms of time,” she told Spinner. “Before, if I had a year to make music, then I know that I have to do it this time in a shorter space of time. And if I got to spend 24 hours in the studio last time and sleep in it and be in it and eat in it and whatever, now I know that that’s not possible because I have to have my baby down there.” ///Y/ (Maya) wasn’t received nearly as well as Kala or Arular, but maybe she’s just getting used to her new creative process. Plus, she’s still one bomb-ass performer. Check out the infamous Grammy clip here.
We’ll admit it: Liz Phair is capable of really pissing us off. Sure, she announced publicly that she wanted her son with her during the Lilith Fair tour (back in her whitechocolatespaceegg era), which is an adorable paradox for a self-professed bad girl. Sure, it’s hard to stomach the fact that Liz “Fuck and Run” Phair has a new album that’s not only titled Funstyle but also contains questionable rapping. However, this note on her website pretty much bought our respect:
How To Like It. You were never supposed to hear these songs. These songs lost me my management, my record deal and a lot of nights of sleep. Yes, I rapped one of them. I’m as surprised as you are. But here is the thing you need to know about these songs and the ones coming next: These are all me. Love them, or hate them, but don’t mistake them for anything other than an entirely personal, un-tethered-from-the-machine, free for all view of the world, refracted through my own crazy lens. This is my journey. I’ll keep sending you postcards. -Liz
That’s a match and set if we ever heard one. And just because we’re feeling nostalgic, check out some vintage Liz Phair in the clip above.