YMMV / M.I.A.

The Singer:

  • Big Brother Is Watching: A recurring theme since MAYA.
  • Broken Base - One half loves MAYA, while the other half hates it.
    • To a lesser extent "Come Around" ft. Timbaland off of Kala is either a fun and catchy song with a different sound or a shameful piece of mainstream trash that shows M.I.A. has Jumped the Shark.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome - The red band trailer of Pineapple Express was easily the best use of "Paper Planes" of 2008.
  • Ear Worm: Hoo, boy:
    • ...live fast, die young, bad girls, do it well, live fast, die young...
    • War! War! War! Talkin' bout y'all's such a bore. I'd rather talk about moi.
    • Steppin' up in the club, all tooled up like a thug.
      • Rub-a-dub-dub, rub-a-rub-a-dub-dub.
      • Bass lines 'n ass, anythin' fast, hoppin on one leg, yeah I'm on my f'n last.
    • I GOT STICKY-STICKY-ICKY-ICKY WEEEEEEED! Like a shot-a teqkilla in meeee...
    • EX EX EX OH~
      • You want me beeeeeeeeee somebody who I'm really not~
    • ALL I WANNA DO IS *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* AND *click* *ca-CHING* AND TAKE YOUR MO-NAY.
    • Jimmy! Aaja!
    • I really love Allah love a lot~
      • Shuck-a-lucka-la, shuck-a-lucka-lee, shuck-a-lucka-lucka-lucka-lucky, lucky me.
    • Boys there? (How many?)
      • How many no-money boyz are rowdy, how many start a war?!
    • London! Quiet down, I need to make a sound!
    • I was booooooooooorn FREE!
    • M.I.A, comin' back with powah, powah!
    • DIT-DIT-DIT ON YOUR MO-BILE PHONE
    • What can I get for 10 dolla?
      • ANYT'ING YOU WAN'!
    • Telllllllllllll meeeeeeeeeeeee why...
    • WARNING: Listening to "Let Me Hump You" off Vicki Leekz may lead to crippling reputation damage.
    • "London Calling, speak the slang now.... Slam Galang galang galang"
    • "I just give a damn-damn-damn, I just give a damn damn damn, I just give a damn..."
  • 8.8 - Pitchfork gave MAYA a 4.4/10. Some people were not happy.
  • Memetic Mutation - ALL I WANNA DO IS *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* AND *click* *ca-CHING* AND TAKE YOUR MO-NAY.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap - A lot of fans who hated MAYA liked Vicki Leekx more and felt that it was a return to form.
  • Sampled Up - "Paper Planes" samples the lesser-known The Clash song "Straight to Hell."
    • "URAQT" samples... the theme song from Sanford and Son?
    • "Meds & Feds" samples "Treats" by Sleigh Bells but speeds it up and gives it a harsher sound.
    • "Born Free" samples "Ghost Rider" by Suicide for its signature synth pulse. Suicide's keyboardist even performed the song live with M.I.A. on David Letterman.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks MAYA.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The video for "Boyz".
  • Wild Mass Guessing: Based on M.I.A's discography up to "Mathangi". One could theorize that her albums are a sort of biography of her life:
    • "Arular", named after her father, reflects on her early childhood memories and the circumstances that led her family (excluding dad) to the UK.
    • "Kala", after her mother, could be her growing up in West London as a Sri Lankan refugee, which would definitely shape her work later in life.
    • "MAYA" shows her recent life, having gained world recognition and fortune, getting married and on the way of becoming a mother: living the life of a bona-fide Hollywood celebrity (not something she-a refugee of civil war from London-would ever have though of becoming as an adult). It was obviously a time of transitions and uneasiness for her (news sources say she basically felt uncomfortable in LA).
    • The album "Mathangi", may be her hopes for the future, now settled with her son and once again travelling the world.

The My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic/Halo Crossover Fanfic:

  • The Woobie: You can't help but pity Jorge's situation, especially because of the unfair treatment he recieves from the ponies.
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