Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

4. M.I.A.Arular

I got into M.I.A. at a really weird time. I got into her just two years ago. I mean, I first heard her years ago and I thought it was really cool and interesting but I didn’t really pay proper attention. But then I listened again two years ago and I listened to her new record and I was like, "Yeah, whatever", but I played it some more and I got really obsessed with it. She always maintains this incredible delivery. I guess she’s rapping but to me it’s the same as singing. Again, it’s about moulding your voice to get the sound you want. Rappers do that a lot.

I just like it and I don’t have a real explanation as to why. I just think it’s really good. She’s an original and has a unique perspective. I went back to her other records and so I explored her in a way that I hadn’t done with any other artist in years. I was on tour and it was just somehow helpful for me at that time. It added some life to my world.

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