First Listen: M.I.A. – Kala

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Track # / Title Sounds Like Lyrical Excerpt Rating /10
1. Bamboo Banga mojo-photo-miat1.jpg “M.I.A. comin’ back with power power” 8
2. Bird Flu mojo-photo-miat2.JPG “What’s the point of knocking me down?” 6.5
3. Boyz mojo-photo-miat3.JPG “How many no money boys are crazy?” 10
4. Jimmy mojo-photo-miat4.JPG “Take me on a genocide tour” 7.5
5. Hussel mojo-photo-miat5.jpg “I hate money cause it makes me numb” 8
6. Mango Pickle Down River mojo-photo-miat6.jpg “I like fish and mango pickle” 7
7. 20 Dollar mojo-photo-miat7.JPG “20 dollars ain’t s*** to you” 10
8. World Town mojo-photo-miat8.jpg “Hands up, guns out” 7.5
9. The Trun mojo-photo-miat9.JPG “I’m trying to do my best” 6
10. XR2 mojo-photo-miat10.JPG “Where were you in ’92?” 9
11. Paper Planes mojo-photo-miat11.JPG “All I wanna do is (bang bang) and take your money” 6.5
12. Come Around mojo-photo-miat12.JPG “The beat goes on…” 7

M.I.A.’s Kala is out 8/21 on Interscope.

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