M.I.A. has threatened to leak her collaborations with Nicki Minaj and Doja Cat, which are presumably included on her forthcoming MATA album.
The Sri Lankan artist headed to her Instagram Stories on Tuesday (August 30) and let her followers know why there’s been such a long delay for the follow-up to 2016’s AIM.
“Coming soon I promise,” she wrote. “I had to wait two years for a Doja Cat verse… Then a Nicki one… Then a… Nevermind. If MATA isn’t out [in] September I will leak it myself.”
MATA will mark M.I.A.’s first release with Island Records following her bumpy relationship with her previous label, Interscope Records/XL Recordings. She’s released two singles from the project — “One” and “Popular” — but has yet to confirm an official release date.
As for M.I.A.’s history with Interscope, her issues with the imprint stretch back over a decade. In January 2013, the label delayed her Mantangi album for being “too positive,” so M.I.A. threatened to leak it herself. It was finally released eight months later.
M.I.A. didn’t provide any more details involving the Nicki and Doja Cat records, but the two rap stars have been busy as of late.
On Sunday (August 28), Nicki co-hosted the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, where she received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and performed a medley of career-spanning hits.
As for Doja Cat, she dropped a video in June for “Vegas,” the first single from the Elvis Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Other than that, she’s been getting online attention for her spat with Stranger Things actor Noah Schnapp and shaving her head (and eyebrows).
She was also recently accused of stealing Rolling Ray’s viral “It’s giving” catchphrase as part of launching her new website and clothing brand.
Ahead of the website’s launch, Doja shared a voice note where she said: “It was supposed to give but it did not give what needed to be gave to the highest of giving.”
The website is also titled ItsGivingWebsite.com and has a capsule collection using “It’s Giving” across an array of merchandise. An array of items from hats to shorts and t-shirts are currently available for purchase.
“This bitch said let me steal from this handicap Black bitch & copyrighted my saying uh whole year ago !! Lord I’m tired of fighting,” Rolling Ray tweeted in response.