The song’s beat is such a whacked-out sugar rush, but the contrast with the plaintive vocals became even more apparent in the live setting. M.I.A. couldn’t really tap into the frenetic energy since she had to stick by the mic to sing for most of it, while The Roots had all the fun flailing around on percussion and synths.
Check it out up top, and head below to watch her chat with the host about her embarrassing first encounter with The Roots, which involves a Japanese nightclub and a DMX-Belly reference.
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