M.I.A. exploded in 2005 with a flash of day-glo outfits, revolutionary politics, and vibrant music that combined hip-hop beats with sounds from around the world. Her first two albums, 2005's Arular and 2007's Kala, were two of the most highly praised of the decade, the latter finishing ninth on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 best albums of the 2000s. In 2009, Time named M.I.A. one of the "World's Most Influential People."
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