Well, a birthday cake for one. M.I.A.’s heart for another. The former act of swordsmanship came on a tour stop in Korea, where she celebrated turning 22 (almost, anyway; the official date is February 20) at the InterContinental Hotel in Seoul. The latter came with her new “Rude Boys” video, which owes what some might call an obvious debt to the visuals in M.I.A.’s “Boyz,” though only one song is a blatant ode to dudes who are bedroom champions. Watch the Rihanna version and see if you can’t guess which one is which:
And here’s “Boyz,” for good measure:
As always, let’s just say the medium is the message here.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 11, 2010