M.I.A. Reveals Being in Talks with Rihanna for Collaboration

M.I.A performs at Victoria Park in London
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M.I.A performs on stage at Lovebox 2014 at Victoria Park on July 19, 2014 in London.

The follow-up to M.I.A.'s 2013 studio effort Matangi could be near. While the Sri Lankan, U.K.-based MC tweeted about the yet-to-be-titled album earlier this month -- "I am handing my last LP in to my American label this week. It'll be up to them if its released.I don't have visa 4 states to promote or spk!," she offered more details in a May 17 Periscope session. 

"It's got 12 songs. I had to take the Disney thing off," she said at one point, revealing a Lion King sample that almost made the cut. "I put "Galang" on it instead, I sampled myself. I wanted to say, 'Whatever, I can't get Lion King, I'm gonna use my own song! That way no one can stop it." 

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The "Borders" rapper expanded on her via struggles by explaining that it was difficult for her to collaborate with artists in the U.S. "There was a moment where me and Rihanna were talking about collaborating but she's on tour in the U.S. and I had to go to Jamaica a lot to work," she said. (Billboard has reached out to Rih's rep for additional comment.) M.I.A. also discussed how she wrote a song about waiting called "Ghosting" while working with Popcaan for what could end up a potential mixtape track. 

She also discussed the theme of the album, saying that her work is about being "happy about surviving and not really constantly talking about fight." She continued, "It's better to remind people about survival and surviving than it is the moment you go to battle because that's just a moment..."

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Watch the full Periscope session below.