Breaking out of her hiatus since the birth of her first son, M.I.A. finally made her way to the studio and finished recording the follow-up to her breakthrough album, “Kala.”

Her upcoming third album is expected to be “really odd” and “more musical” than her previous projects.The album name has not yet been revealed. M.I.A. also stated that she plans to have “no gimmicks” for this next album as she stays away from the trendy electric sound that is growing more popularity these days. So far producers on the album are expected to be Baltimore DJ Blaqstarr, as well longtime electro-dancehall collaborators Diplo and Switch.

When Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam stepped foot on the music scene, she became influential with a free-spirited eclectic style and a mindset to match. With a mix of electro, hip-hop, and world music, M.I.A.’s style literally fit the genre of “other” as she rapped words of consciousness, shedding light on political and world issues. M.I.A.’s debut album “Arular” was released worldwide in 2005, but didn’t gain a buzz until her 2007 release “Kala,” which was named Billboard’s biggest-selling electronic album of 2008. The album featured singles “Boyz,” “Jimmy,” and the radio success “Paper Planes.” M.I.A’.s upcoming third album is expected to drop this spring.

Written By Shabazz

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