Don't mess with M.I.A. because she will call you out on your stuff very, very publicly. The rapper has taken revenge against a New York Times writer by posting her personal phone number on Twitter.
New York Times' staff writer Lynn Hirshberg wrote a lengthy profile piece about M.I.A. published yesterday and the rapper didn't appreciate it one bit.
Today, M.I.A. took to her Twitter and posted, "917.834.3158 CALL ME IF YOU WANNA TALK TO ME ABOUT THE N Y T TRUTH ISSUE, ill b taking calls all day bitches ;)." As it turns out, the number is not hers but the personal line for Hirshberg who's mailbox is now full and didn't pick up our call.
This weekend the rapper promised to post an unedited version of the interview on her label's site so people can make up their own mind about her.
Here are some quotes from the article that may have rubbed Maya the wrong way:
Calling her un-American
"Maya, who grew up listening to the politicized rhymes of Public Enemy, takes international dance beats and meshes them with the very un-American voice of the militant rebel."
Judging her decision to have her son at a L.A hospital
"In one of many contradictions that seem to provide the narrative for Maya's life and art, Ikhyd was not, as she had repeatedly announced he would be, born at home in a pool of water. As usual, she wanted to transform her personal life into a political statement."
Questioning her artistic integrity
"What Maya wants is nearly impossible to achieve: she wants to balance outrageous political statements with a luxe lifestyle; to be supersuccessful yet remain controversial; for style to merge with substance."
Was Maya's revenge too extreme or did the writer have it coming? Is M.I.A. just trying to stir controversy to promote her new album?