The outspoken UK rapper has had a documentary in the works for quite some time, until this weekend.
Steve Loveridge, the leader of the doc project, got fed up with M.I.A.’s label, Roc Nation. Apparently the unconfirmed release of the much-anticipated film wasn’t due to unmet deadlines or lack of completion; Roc Nation was continually pushing back on the video’s debut.
Out of pure frustration, Loveridge uploaded a video teaser to his YouTube account–that has since been taken down–that featured footage of Diplo, Kanye West, Spike Jonze and many of the other notable names that have worked closely with the female artist.
Almost immediately after posting, the filmmaker was handed a copyright infringement claim from the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry). Roc Nation also reached out to Loveridge and tried to make amends by politely claiming that budget issues and legal matters are holding everything back.
His response? “I really couldn’t give a flying f*ck. Count me out. Would rather die than work on this… nothing personal :).”
In light of this situation, M.I.A. is counting on her fans to support the project’s released. Earlier she tweeted, “im gonna need @kickstarter and my fans to help make this exist , ive been black listed through normal channels !!!!!!!”
There is still no official release date for her new album, Matangi.