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New M.I.A. Video "Boyz"

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lusk81, June 12, 2007 at 6:00:23 PM CEST

Did paper rad make this?

detached, June 13, 2007 at 8:17:56 AM CEST

She is awesome.

s1eve, June 13, 2007 at 11:35:36 AM CEST


progosk, June 13, 2007 at 2:45:35 PM CEST


pizzaguy, June 14, 2007 at 12:32:45 AM CEST

great video! so different but also so cool!

lex halaby, June 14, 2007 at 12:48:35 AM CEST

I wonder how difficult the web compression was with all those colors. Nicely done.

fungible, June 14, 2007 at 7:24:48 AM CEST

Boss! When's her album coming out, anyway?

kee, June 14, 2007 at 8:30:06 AM CEST

I dig this video and her music in general, but the graphics bleeding into the matting really bugs me. I wish everything was contained or the matting left off altogether.

progosk, June 14, 2007 at 8:58:50 AM CEST

disagree. matting needs a good questioning now and then, and here it's done totally in the flow/on the fly.

mva, June 14, 2007 at 9:47:11 AM CEST

i agree with kee on this one... the way the graphics are used on top of the matting looks sloppy and unchoreographed. it's the "flow/on the fly" thing that makes it worse. you can't just put the matting there and scribble all over it. unlike hype williams' videos where he intentionally used the matting to create a specific style, this video makes it seem like they put the matting there for no reason.

progosk, June 14, 2007 at 10:00:39 AM CEST

"you can't just put the matting there and scribble all over it." lol. do tell aunt mildred she needs to update her on-screen graphics primer.

it's is precisely the point it seems to want to make: so many videos use matting automatically... the energy of this just ignores them. works for me; ymmmv.

(would love to see obtusy do a piece just on graphics/framing...)

kevathens, June 14, 2007 at 12:41:28 PM CEST

To me there's an unwelcome tension between M.I.A. and the graphics. To be studious about it: These type of graphics have traditionally been a rebellious/celebratory third-world culture thing, and are cool because you have no idea where it's coming from or who the designer is. It evokes that Hungry Like the Wolf-ish feeling of 'the mysterious third world.' Here, the graphics are saying, "There's someone making this happen," but then M.I.A's on screen too. And I don't buy her cultural appropriation*. Her website does a better job, but still: Her face is there, and that makes it feel a little more corporate/star-motivated, and a little less iconic.

See also Buffalo Stance, which is this vid's (and Galang's) most direct descendant, mv-wise.

*That said, the vid just needs some editing/graphic tweaking to get it to work better. Or M.I.A. needs to make some gesture towards the unseen graphics. Imo.

fungible, June 14, 2007 at 2:44:14 PM CEST

ymmmv: your mileage may motherfucking vary

robodrug, June 14, 2007 at 3:15:43 PM CEST

Strange wen I first saw n listened to this I thought it woz quite an anarchistic noisy affair But since Kev posted the Cherry clip I'm amazed on re listening how both tracks are rather paired back to a bare bone rydem

Its not how my so recent memory construed the MIA track I assume It woz heavily influenced by the graphics ov the clip

Nor did my minds eye recall the thinness the Buffalo trax And I'd always thought that earlier Cherry vehicle Rip Rig and Panic was rather musically unstructured with loads ov wild improvisation,

I seem to have been mistaken there too Jus' shows wot u think ain't always

good soul department, June 15, 2007 at 1:14:10 AM CEST

Album out July 21. She's working with PHENOMENAL Switch.

toddyokoh, June 15, 2007 at 8:01:14 PM CEST

This is brilliant.

progosk, June 26, 2007 at 10:08:26 AM CEST

Dir. Jay Will; articles from beeb and local news on mv production in Jamaica. yardflex has a cross-section of the island's production. (in other news, obtusy got boinged.)

kevathens, July 2, 2007 at 5:11:52 PM CEST

"Boyz" was directed by M.I.A. & Jason Williams, says Video Static. Not sure where Obtusity got the credit, but VS' credit looks pretty official.

progosk, July 2, 2007 at 5:21:14 PM CEST

"...Jason Williams who is known in the music video sector as Jay Will..."

kevathens, July 2, 2007 at 5:41:56 PM CEST

"..and to his friends as Jill.."

progosk, July 3, 2007 at 1:07:47 AM CEST

boyz making of mov

hakai, July 3, 2007 at 1:18:08 AM CEST

Sick! I like the priest / transformers font combo.


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