By 2010, M.I.A. had a top 10 single, a gold-selling album, an Academy Award nod and a Grammy performance under her belt. What she didn't have, however, was motivation for recording new music.
"I was confused by who to make music for, what to make music for," says M.I.A. (real name Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam) of the time period between her third album, 2010's "MAYA," and the long-delayed "Matangi," due Nov. 5.