M.I.A. is bringing bling to the Middle East. The polarizing musician’s “Bad Girls” video heads to the desert, where she ghost-rides the whip while doing her nails. E-40 would be proud. A posse of keffiyeh’d rough riders backs her up on the road, while another scene finds her body-suited backing dancers going full lamé. (Just like “Sex And The City 2,” sorta!) Taking aim at patriarchal, equal rights-obstructing governments never felt so fabulous. The video comes courtesy of Romain Gavras, the director (not a type of lettuce) who also helmed M.I.A.’s controversial (and way less fun!) “Born Free” video.
+ Watch M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls” video after the jump.
When you’re done jamming to this, there’s more M.I.A. on the way. As anyone with a radio and a Ryan Seacrest obsession knows, Maya’s going global right now: Alongside Nicki Minaj (!), she’s all over Madonna‘s “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” which dropped this morning. She’ll be joining the duo at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, which might actually make us watch football. Or at least look up from our chips and guac.
“Bad Girls” was born on 2011’s “Vicki Leekxs” mixtape, with this new version polished up by producer Danja. Set your paper planes for a summer landing for her next album.
+ Watch M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls” video.