Looking Back At M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” | Song Stories

Looking Back At M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” | Song Stories

TIA: M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” is a timeless
track that was more influential than you might realize. Ten years ago it peaked at number 4 on
Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and since then it’s inspired countless samples and memes. Let’s take a look back. TIA: Paper planes, in this case, mean actual
visas. The song plays with common stereotypes that surround many immigrants, and addresses the situations many deal with on a daily basis. The music video even shows her rapping in
what appears to be an immigrant community. TIA: M.I.A. herself is a refugee of the Sri
Lankan civil war, and started rapping to bring awareness to the country’s problems at the
time. M.I.A: In Sri Lanka we were surrounded by civil war. My dad was the founder of the Tamil Resistance. He’s made us so strong for what he’s put
us through. TIA: The song is actually built around a sample of “Straight to Hell” by The Clash, which is a sendup of anti-immigrant racists. TIA: But the most recognizable part of the
song is its chorus. TIA: These lines interpolate the chorus from
the 1992 Wreckx-N-Effect song “Rump Shaker.” TIA: But M.I.A. faced a lot of controversy
surrounding the song’s gunshots. When she performed the track on David Letterman
in 2007, the sounds were actually distorted for the audience. TIA: In an interview with the Daily Beast,
she said quote: TIA: Lots of rappers have freestyled over
“Paper Planes” throughout the years, including Lil B and MF Doom. In 2008, T.I. dropped “Swagga Like Us,”
featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne and JAY-Z, and the remix was built around a sample of this specific line. TIA: Since “Paper Planes,” M.I.A.’s
dropped a number of other popular tracks and collabs, and stirred up some controversy, but who could forget when she turned her politics into a Top 10 hit. TIA: I’m Tia with Genius News bringing you
the meaning and the knowledge behind the music.

100 thoughts on “Looking Back At M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” | Song Stories”

  1. If you don't know that this song heavy samples a song by The Clash called Straight to Hell which is another song about the mistreatment of immigrants. Honestly the original is better, I hope this comment reaches some of you and expands your music libraries

  2. There is no room for misinterpretation , it says all I wanna do is hold you at gunpoint and shoot you four times and then that's when I get rich playing the cha ching sound because now I'm looting your body. We all know that's the only reason why it became famous. Because it's dispicable and everyone felt cool saying it at the defense that it wasn't them saying it, it was the lyrics calling for them to say it

  3. M.I.A. used the sample from The Clash, then Kanye used the "Paper Planes" sample for "Swagger Like Us". It's always cool to see where samples originate.

  4. Far better than those trashy pop and rap soundtrack that calls themselves a song when it's only a bunch of sounds complied together. Know the difference!

  5. Love this song. You forgot it was used in the game "Farcry 3" and was used in the irish comedy movie "The Young Offenders"

  6. Totally cleaned upend this song with your "meaning". Or maybe you cannot comprehend the lyrics. It's about a illegal immigrant. That has and makes fake visas to sell to other illegal immigrants. The gun shots are what she wants to do. All she wants to do is shoot you and take your money. There is a chorus that is cut from most airplay. Where she is singing "some I murder, some I let go". You also totally glossed over the selling of drugs part. That's where the burner phone and shipping like UPS come into play. There is a lot going on in this song. That most do not realize. They like the nice hook. In summary it's about violent illegal immigrants. That steal and kill for money. And sell drugs to their local community for greed. Regardless of what lives it ruins.

  7. You think she’s sending subliminal messages about killing people? All I want to do is shoot you and take your money.

  8. How does this EPIC song not have atleast a million views? #4 out of 100’s on billboard and sampled twice so that’s 3 hits with one song

  9. fuck you letterman you pice of shit censoring this gun shot i have no repect for any king of censorship

  10. This shit song written by a white culture vulture didn't do shit politically. Immigrants cant protest to this crap, it's a fucking waste song written by a couple of stoners who thought they were being edgy. Only stupid stoners listen to this, I only liked Bun bs verse on it tho.🤘

  11. Someone looked at Spotify behind the lyrics and then did a video and pretend it was all their own work.

  12. I don't know about you all but I was born in fucking 2003, and this was my childhood jam. Asian 2000s was the best.

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