After 'Paper Planes' it's very hard for Sri Lankan Tamil rapper MIA to do much wrong in my eyes. 'Planes' was by far the best thing about 'Slumdog Millionaire.'
So, when I heard her Romain Gavras-directed music vid for new track 'Born Free' had troubled the YouTube net nanny dept, I made a point of hunting it down. You can check it out below on Vimeo.
It turns out the vid is fairly disturbing stuff and clearly designed to create a (promotion-boosting) shitstorm of controversy. If you can't be effed to watch 'Born Free', I can tell you it's basically about friendly-looking gingers (that redheads to you Yanks) being rounded up and brutally (!) murdered by a bunch of repressive state hardmen who look like Italian anti-hoolie cops.
MIA is not one to bury the lead and she and Gavras are clearly having a big pop @ the wars in Iraq/Afghanistan, state repression, the treatment of minorities etc etc
If you liked the MIA vid, be sure and check out Gavras' superb music vid for Justice track 'Stress'. Cold as ice.