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The use of the Clash for your song is an excellent mix. I hope you use more in the future such as "I fought the law"or "White Man in Hammersmith Palais",pay particular attention to the line"If Adolf Hitler were here today we'd send him to Marseilles anyway. It is great some people recognize the true talent that made up the clash. I applaud you for the fact you did not think of the message atleast you got it. The Clash are easily the best band that ever was.

Dennis - Pg, Bc. The lyrics are sattire. They aren't meant to be taken seriously. It's meant to be a joke. It's directed at the thought of immigrants only being in the US for money and crime. Saro - Coal Hell, Centralia ;d, Pa. Rahul - Chennai, India. Taylor - Mountain View , Ca.

I hope she's being ironic in some way with the lyrics. The tune is addictive, though. Louise - Newcastle, Steel - Portland, Or. Chances are she does know who the Clash are, she is a Londoner who is deeply political and has picked them out amoung her musical influences.

How could she use a song she doesn't even know? It a really good song, and there is social commentary as it's about peoples negative view of immigration, its sarcasm. Helen - Nottingham, United Kingdom. This song is about hustlin Christina - Olathe, Ks.

A "portrays [her message] so well? Let's break it down: I rap and I can have you killed, More Hook. Lenny - Rolla, Mo. The single was released via 7digital on 11 February and on iTunes on 12 February. This remix was previously uploaded to M. After dates in Asia, [30] she returned to America for a series of shows in October and November, [31] before ending the year with concerts in the UK.

Money Tour with further dates in North America, although the planned European leg of the tour was eventually cancelled. This led to a standoff with security. A responded to Eliscu in an interview that although the success of "Paper Planes" may have led to increased interest in her work contributing to the packed out tent, she did not think "any one song is my perfect moment" and of her performance at the festival she noted "I don't think I'd ever be able to do something like that again, because it was my moment.

The American rapper Kanye West , who had wanted to collaborate with M. His interest in the song culminated in the recording of the track " Swagga Like Us ". Let's never question her standing in hip-hop. Saya " at the 81st Academy Awards ceremony a few days later.

Not bad going for a few minutes' work on a night when you'd planned to have a baby anyway. The song has received universal acclaim from a wide variety of publications, and has been viewed as a highlight of Kala. In a track-by-track review for Kala , Eric Grandy of The Stranger noted that the song contained more conceptual layers, musical information, and lyrical self-reference than seemingly possible in a three-and-a-half minute pop song, saying it was "the standout track" on an album full of contenders, Kala's "most exciting synthesis of the political and the pop" and its chorus, "a sly, funny acknowledgement of the economics behind M.

Dan Raper of PopMatters said that "the drug-slinging persona of "Paper Planes" joined tracks such as "Bamboo Banga" in providing plenty of hustle on the album, however it was M. Describing the song as "soft, soaring", he added that the song's The Clash sample was the clearest indication of where M. And when you do, and realise it's a dead-eyed skit on ruthless business practices, it just multiplies the queasy power of the song".

Writing for Clash magazine, Colm Larkin said that the album's penultimate track was a "downtempo masterpiece that's like a torch song for the world's disaffected and poor with its chorus line", adding that with the song, the singer-songwriter remained "one of the best things to happen to 21st century music.

The song placed number 17 on the Triple J Hottest of in Australia, becoming available for download and radio airplay in the country upon the release of Kala that year. The song was nominated in the category for Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards. That gunfire-and-cash-registers hook was stuck in your head for weeks after seeing the Pineapple Express trailer or, uh, Slum-dog Millionaire in Singles", — The Top Singles of s decade.

In October , the magazine placed it at number 15 on its list " Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years". The song has been covered, sampled and remixed by various artists as well as being used by a range of media. Canadian band Holy Fuck , an opening act on the People vs. Money Tour, created a remix of "Paper Planes" that leaked online on February Barbadian singer Rihanna has covered the song in live performances and "Paper Planes" has been performed by Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya as his own rendition "Tengazako".

English rapper Dizzee Rascal has covered the song at his live performances. Paper Planes has been covered live by London band The Clientele. The song's line "No one on the corner has swagger like us" was sampled by West in the song "Swagga Like Us", a song by American rappers T. It's so many people that be like, 'I don't know what you're talking about. The film's makers had been keen on including the song in the film's main trailer and approached M.

She added "Interscope asked me and I was, like, well, since it's just the trailer, that's cool. The song is used as entry music by British comedian Shappi Khorsandi. The song is used in the first episode of season two of The Last Man on Earth in which the sounds of Carol's gunfire are drowned out by the song playing in the motor home.

The song debuted at number 72 on the Hot Canadian Digital Sales chart and at number 89 on the Canadian Hot in late February due to strong digital downloads. After its appearance in the trailer for the film Pineapple Express , the song entered the Pop chart at number 99, and the Bubbling Under Hot at number 14 in the United States. By early May , the song had climbed to number 4 on the Bubbling Under Hot chart, and number 80 on the US Billboard Pop , overtaking the peak of 99 achieved on the chart by M.

In subsequent weeks, it continued to climb the chart, with download sales totaling , the following month. As of August , the song sold over three million units in the United States. The song spent thirty-five weeks on the chart, and reappeared on the singles chart in January at number 61, a position it retained for one week. Danton of the Hartford Courant noted that the song's success "speaks to the idea that the best pop music rarely originates with the major label corporate music machine that exists to sell pop music" but rose from underground artists with something to say, offering significant lessons to the music industry in an era of declining music sales and general financial turmoil.

It was directed by Bernard Gourley. Initially planned to be shot in a factory on the border of Ecuador , the filming location was changed to accommodate M.

The video was filmed during one day in the city, which she had free on the American leg of her KALA Tour after 4 months of concerts. The video for "Paper Planes" was uploaded on M. Top Videos of countdown. The video begins with several paper planes flying over New York City shot in black and white.

In multiple colour scenes that follow, M. Food is exchanged at the stalls for money and various other items. Nigerian rapper Afrikan Boy joins M. A cash till can be seen empty, followed by scenes where the till fills up with money. During the chorus, at the sound of the gunshots, quick shots of street and restaurant signs, people and phone discount signs appear, followed by scenes of M.

During the second verse, the singer can be seen happily shopping for condiments at a local shop, before she is depicted in more scenes of her singing with Afrikan Boy. New Yorkers are filmed and shown walking along streets throughout the video.

During the second chorus, scenes of Blaxploitation film DVDs on a shelf and the rapper driving the van are shown. At the end of the video, the scenes turn black and white, with the van driving off on a street, followed by several paper planes in pursuit. Instead, fans of the artist on the island relied on certain social media websites on the internet to access her work. After some media ran a story on this, M.

A responded that her music is the voice of a civilian refugee and that she was not willing to discuss anything with someone looking for self-promotion. In this version, M. The chorus effects during the soundcheck of her Late Show performance were different from what was played live during the taping.

What does surprise us is that MTV ever considered showing the video at all. We had no idea they still aired music videos, much less ones by talented artists like M. If anything, it likely airs at odd hours when nobody's watching. Digital 7digital EP [26] Released 11 February From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the M. For other uses, see Paper plane disambiguation. I did it in sound effects.

No Replies Log in to reply. There was an error. General Comment The "bang bang bang bang" and "ka-ching" overpowering the kids' voices really says something, I believe. When the civil war broke out, she notes as "bullying exploitation" the way soldiers from Sri Lanka's military would put guns through holes in the windows and shoot at the school. Like how they exploit people. I don't have any other view point. Flag GrungyBeatle on October 27, Great remarks Flag zeroZ on December 20, General Comment What she's saying is, again, something that only an immigrant could understand.

She's referring to getting fake papers since getting legitimate papers is impossible to some people. Visas in third world countries are obviously only granted to rich people, but poor people will still find a way in order to live better and survive.

Also, she's making reference to hustling again and how many immigrants are constantly thinking about making money or showing that they are making money, as a way to show "success" in the new world. Great song and great reference to immigration by sampling The Clash. The chorus, in my opinion, is what Americans and Europeans think immigrants are about.

She's making fun of that myth that we are all violent and criminals because, of course, the only reason we go to Europe and America is to "steal ya money" another reference, by the way, to Bankrobber by The Clash, good work Maya.

General Comment First of all this song is about making money. A is banned from performing in the U. A because of terrorist ties. Her lyrics are the truth to so many third world countries that need to steal to eat. It's about real life. Not US life but real every day life where the motto is killed or be killed. Not everybody has welfare in their country. You got to do what you got to do. It's so stupid that she was banned from the US cause her lyrics are no different from any US rapper.

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General Commentthis is what M.I.A says [about paper planes]:" I was going to get patties at my local and just thinking that really the worst thing that anyone can say [to someone these days] is some shit like: ”What I wanna do is come and get your money.” People don’t really feel like immigrants or refugees contribute to culture in any way.4/5(2).

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M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" is a brilliant pop song, an irresistibly catchy three-minute head-bopper that became almost ubiquitous on the radio airwaves in late But behind the song's airy melody, banging bassline, and finger-snapping beat lurks a grim and even disturbing lyrical message.

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I think in this song the line "I fly like paper get high like planes" is meant to be sort of backwards, because planes fly and you can get high from paper (a rolled joint) The obvious interpretation of the chorus is an armed robbery, but MIA herself said the other possibility was a black market business selling guns. Paper Planes by M.I.A. song meaning, lyric interpretation, video and chart position.

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Aug 06,  · So in the song I say 'All I wanna do is [sound of gun shooting and reloading, cash register opening] and take your money.' I did it in sound effects. It's up to you how you want to Resolved. "Paper Planes" is a song by British rapper M.I.A. from her second studio album, Kala (). The song was written by M.I.A. and Diplo. The song's backing track is a replayed sample of the song "Straight to Hell" by The Clash, and the members of The Clash are credited as co-writers of the song.