Watch M.I.A.’s Topical Music Video for ‘Borders’


One day after Thanksgiving, M.I.A. has unspooled a self-directed, politically charged vid for her latest song, "Borders." The rapper joins throngs of refugees scaling barbed-wire fences and traveling via boat, as she asks: "Borders, what's up with that? Politics, what's up with that? ... Your privilege, what's up with that?"

Soon after dropping the visuals, M.I.A. explained via social media that the topical video, filled with powerful imagery and Busby Berkeley–esque shots, is dedicated to her uncle, who helped her family leave Sri Lanka many years ago:

Watch above, and scope out the lyrics here:

The song will also be available on M.I.A's forthcoming studio album, Matahdatah, according to Pitchfork.