M.I.A. Clarifies Jay-Z, Justin Bieber Comments

'I don't want to be like the accepted controversial person,' rapper says of the media's coverage of her opinion.

Whether it's commenting on Lady Gaga and Jay-Z or taking to Twitter for revenge on the New York Times journalist who portrayed her in an unflattering light, it's become clear that M.I.A. is not a woman who holds back. She recently stopped by New York radio station Hot 97, where she elaborated on statements she's made about her musical peers insisting she doesn't say these things for press.

"I left controversy at home. I don't want to be the accepted controversial person, which is why I left the controversial thing at home because it's not about that," she told radio host Angie Martinez. "I think people think I just say it to get press and that pisses me off, so then I want to say something about that, but then that's just keeping it going."

But the rapper/singer has really never thought much of holding back her opinion, explaining that in England, it "is the way we speak."

And while M.I.A. did say she's "not apologizing for sh--", she did take some time to clear the air regarding recent remarks she made about fellow artists. First on the list was Justin Bieber.

Back in May, she jokingly told British magazine NME that Justin Bieber's videos were "more offensive" than her controversial clip, "Born Free."

"I said I found his video offensive because people said my video was offensive, but I said it as a joke and it kind of got out of hand. I kind of feel bad, because I have some family members who love Justin Bieber, and now they won't talk to me. I need my little cousins to talk to me," she teased.

And while Jay-Z spit a few rhymes on a remix of her recent "XXXO" single, M.I.A. clarified her Jay-Z and Nas comparison from the new issue of Complex.

"Jay became the biggest representation of rap music who's still alive, started dating Beyoncé — everything was so much bigger and better with Jay-Z," she told the magazine. "I hope people don't think that that wins. The fact that Nas didn't become all this sort of stuff changes people's perception about the music and the work he achieved in his lifetime. I like both of them equally, really. Of course I have love for Jay-Z and I've performed with him. [But] at the same time, it's important that people respect Nas as well because he did a lot and that needs to be sort of made clear."

Finally, M.I.A. clarified that she had no say in claims that Rihanna was biting the rapper's style with the release of her colorful video for "Rude Boy."

"The Rihanna thing I didn't say," she insisted. "They're not my words: It was a re-tweet. I didn't tweet it. I re-tweeted it. Actually it was way taken out of context because I like Rihanna, too. It was just really funny because the tweet said, 'If Rihanna was in the Illuminati, couldn't Satan have gave her a better video than an M.I.A. "Boyz" video?' It actually was a dis to me."

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