M.I.A. Threatens to Leekx 'Matangi' Amid Label Drama

Maya Arulpragasm says she could finish another new album "by the time they are ready"

August 9 2013, 11:03 AM ET

In a week of possible publicity stunts with big money on the line, M.I.A. is adding her unsilenceable voice. The MAYA rapper-singer hinted on Twitter that she might "leak" her own upcoming album, Matangi, over what she strongly implied were delays caused by her label, Interscope.

"who would stop MATANGI from coming out?" she wrote. And then: "If interscope takes longer i can always leak this next week and make a new one by the time they are ready."

True, M.I.A. has been teasing the follow-up to MAYA and her 2010-ending Vicki Leekx mixtape since last April at the latest. And though her online presence continues to provoke controversy — the director of a planned M.I.A. documentary publicly quit last month — her live show and recent tracks "Bring the Noize" and "Only 1 U" are as on point as ever.

But Interscope is no mom-and-pop. It's ultimately owned by giant French conglomerate Vivendi. And at a time of rampant skepticism about Daft Punk's The Colbert Report non-appearance, plus major-label exiles Death Grips' Lollapalooza non-appearance, skepticism is — well, did we already say "rampant"? We'll have to wait and see whether a big-time artist, even a revolutionary one, can really leak an album without permission these days.