M.I.A. Drops Off First Album In Six Years, "MATA": Stream

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The 13-track project was preceded by singles like "Beep" and "Popular."

The last time we heard an album from M.I.A. was back in 2016 when she shared AIM. Much to her fan's dismay, around the same time, the 47-year-old expressed her desire to retire from the music industry, but after six years, she's returned with a new album for her followers, complete with 13 tracks.

MATA arrived at midnight on Friday (October 7), marking the British rap starlet's sixth studio release via Island Records, following threats of a leak from the artist herself after revealing that she allegedly waited two years to get verses from prospect collaborators such as Nicki Minaj and Doja Cat.

Seeing as no other artists are credited on the tracklist, it remains unclear if we'll ever hear the M.I.A. x Onika or Amala link-ups at this time.

Titles that were included on the final list include previously released singles like "The One," "Popular," and "Beep," as well as new arrivals like "100% Sustainable," "Zoo Girl," "Time Traveller," and album closer, "Marigold."

Stream MATA on Spotify or Apple Music below, and tap back in with HNHH later for more hip-hop music updates.

MATA Tracklist:

  1. F.I.A.S.O.M. Pt. 1
  2. F.I.A.S.O.M. Pt. 2
  3. 100% Sustainable
  4. Beep
  5. Energy Freq
  6. The One
  7. Zoo Girl
  8. Time Traveller
  9. Popular
  10. Puththi
  11. K.T.P. (Keep The Peace)
  13. Marigold

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Hayley Hynes is the former Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, she stepped down after two years in 2024 to pursue other creative opportunities but remains on staff part-time to cover music, gossip, and pop culture news. Currently, she contributes similar content on Blavity and 21Ninety, as well as on her personal blog where she also offers tarot/astrology services. Hayley resides on the western side of Canada, previously spending a year in Vancouver to study Fashion Marketing at Blanche Macdonald Centre and Journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary before that. She's passionate about helping others heal through storytelling, and shares much more about her life on Instagram @hayleyhynes.