Last month, Jay-Z jumped on a remix of M.I.A.'s "XXXO," the first single from her upcoming /\/\/\Y/\ album. And though they'd worked together in the past, on the epic posse cut "Swagga Like Us," it was a move that surprised a whole lot of people — [artist id="1803648"]M.I.A.[/artist] included.
"I was really surprised he liked 'XXXO,' actually. And I was really surprised he liked the version that's on the album, and not Blaqstarr's version, which is more ... sort of urban sounding," she told MTV News. "It was interesting he liked the one with the crazy synths and stuff. It's more sort of [an] electro vibe ... and his verse is so great. It was good to hear him say the word 'metrosexual.' "
And with the Jiggafied "XXXO" remix now in the bag, M.I.A. is looking to return the favor. When we caught up with her recently, she was itching to talk about a song she's been keeping just for Jay — a tune she had originally intended for /\/\/\Y/\ but one she scrapped at the last second.
"I really want to produce for him. ... I have got the perfect song for Jay-Z!" she smiled. "In fact, that's the best one that I had for my album which never made it. [It was] the first song I was really into and the song that actually made my album go in the direction it did, [but it] never actually made the album. But I want to give it to [Jay-Z], because I think it suits him more. It's insane. He's never done anything like that."
M.I.A. wouldn't divulge just what the mysterious song sounded like — or why she left it off her album — but she hinted that it's pretty out there, pushing the envelope even further than the pneumatically enhanced "Steppin' Up," which she debuted on her Neet Recordings blog a few weeks back.
"Oh, it's way more insane [than 'Steppin' Up']," she said. "But [it's] in the same ballpark."
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