M.I.A. Says ‘Nicki Minaj Runs Hip-Hop’

'I just feel like I get her,' M.I.A. says of the Young Money MC.

[artist id="1803648"]M.I.A.[/artist]‘s brand of glitchy, warbling electro, zany fashion sense and singular vocals make the star one of the most eccentric artists on the scene. Perhaps that’s why the controversial Brit has taken a liking to unconventional MC [artist id="3055069"]Nicki Minaj[/artist]. The two joined forces for the remix of M.I.A.’s “Teqkilla” (a track she called “exciting”), and the artist said she was impressed by Minaj’s imaginative approach.

“She’s really creative with how far she’s willing to go,” M.I.A. told DJ Skee of Los Angeles’ 102.7 KIIS-FM. “I just feel like I get her.”

M.I.A. pointed to Minaj’s willingness to put in work as the reason the MC has become an increasingly powerful force in hip-hop. “Nicki Minaj runs hip-hop,” she said. “She works hard, and that’s what it is. She’s focused, and that’s good. She’s got really good work ethic.”

M.I.A. is renowned for her unique style, but the singer has mystified some fans with the title of her latest album, /\/\/\Y/\. The singer acknowledged that the title’s use of computer jargon may have rendered it less Google-friendly, conceding, “because of the ‘forward slash’ ‘backward slash,’ it’s just not findable.”

However, she asserts that punching out the moniker of her third studio album is actually very simple. “Everyone’s got those keys. Everyone’s got a ‘forward slash’ and everyone’s got a ‘backward slash.’ It’s actually a lot easier to write, ’cause you go [typing noise] ‘Y’ [typing noise]. You can write the album name with three keys,” M.I.A. explained. The singer also said she was into the aesthetic appeal of the title. “I like it. I like it when you look on iTunes and you got the album title, and it’s just made up of slashes. It looks good.”

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