M.I.A. Signs With Jay-Z's Roc Nation

By Carrie Battan on May 25, 2012 at 09:23 a.m.

Jay-Z's management company Roc Nation has welcomed M.I.A. to its team. "The nation just keeps growing," Roc Nation Tweeted with an Instagrammed photo of her artist page. "Welcome home MIA", Rihanna chimed in (Rih's also part of Roc Nation, along with Santigold, Wale, Shakira, Jay Electronica, and more). A representative from M.I.A.'s label, Interscope, confirmed the deal. 

It's hard to tell exactly what this means for Maya Arulpragasam, who's a label entrepreneur in her own right. The Roc Nation deal is reportedly only for management-- not publishing or distribution-- and she's still technically a part of Interscope Records. Still, M.I.A.'s own N.E.E.T. Recordings, the imprint she runs under the Interscope umbrella, doesn't seem so active these days. The label's once-vibrant website has vanished, and Sleigh Bells, once N.E.E.T.'s high-profile artist, released their last album through Mom & Pop, without N.E.E.T. Rye Rye's new album Go! Pop! Bang! did come out under the N.E.E.T. umbrella, however.

M.I.A. is currently at work on a new album tentatively titled Matangi.

Watch a two-minute video previewing a new M.I.A. song called "Come Walk With Me" under the cut:


Where is the Bad Girls Remix?! I heard it already because of the video she released but she deleted it. smh