It’s no secret that M.I.A. doesn’t get along with record labels. Her latest label battle was brought to light in a tweet on Monday indicating the artist’s frustration with label execs refusing to upload the video for her track Double Bubble Trouble.
My label has my video , they havnt uploaded for 4 days > they wont let me upload > whats is the point? smh— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) May 19, 2014
After the singer tweeted a link to the video on her own, the label pulled the video and waited several days to release it via YouTube.
M.I.A. ran into similar difficulties with her label Interscope leading up to the release of her 2013 album Matangi. After Interscope continued to push back the release date of the album, M.I.A. threatened to leak the album herself if the issue wasn’t resolved.
In the video for Double Bubble Trouble, M.I.A., with the help of Dutch DJ crew The Partysquad, offers up a cautionary tale of technological chaos. Directed by M.I.A., the frantic video opens with what sounds like audio from a news story on 3D-printed weapons as M.I.A. proceeds to warn viewers about the danger of our impending dystopian future. Scenes of young people roaming the streets with 3D-printed assault rifles flash across the screen as neon drones fly over M.I.A. dancing in the street. Check out the video below.