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IS SHE SERIOUS?: M.I.A. Accuses Beyonce, & Rihanna Of “Stealing” Her Sound

By Teonny Spears / Published on Thursday, 17 Nov 2016 23:06 PM / No Comments

Rapper M.I.A. has always been outspoken, but it looks like she chose the wrong time and artists, to speak about. In a recent interview with Q magazine, the British rapper and singer-songwriter dissed Beyonce, Rihanna and Madonna, the latter of whom she worked with a few years ago:

“I’m fine with Madonna or Beyoncé or Rihanna being ‘inspired’ by my work. But I would like them to then go, ‘Yeah, this immigrant who came out of nowhere influenced us, so maybe not all of them are f**king terrible.”

She added:

“They don’t even think like that. They go ‘Yeah, maybe me stealing the stuff says she’s all right. She should be thankful we’re stealing it. But sometimes you just think, ‘Fuck, I have to pay some bills,’ you know?'”

Later focusing on Beyonce, she then stated:

“Beyoncé comes from the school of Michael Jackson-ness. Where the family built an entire world to support you. From when you were a child. I never had that luxury.”

Do you guys think that Rihanna and Beyonce are influenced by M.I.A.? I’m not completely sure why she even mentioned Madonna, because Madonna CLEARLY chose to work with her on MDNA because she was influenced by her…in that sense, M.I.A. is reaching.


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Teonny Spears
26 year-old Teonny Spears, is from a small town in Louisiana called Ferriday, where he currently lives. A fan of Pop music, Teonny began writing at a small age because he simply didn't like getting dirty as a child, and preferred to stay inside.

His earlier writings consisted of short stories and poetry, and in 2005, he began blogging for fun on Myspace about his favorite artists. After building a love for entertainment news, he began working for, and launched his own weekly show in 2009 called EnterSHADEment Talk, a web-show that featured celebrity gossip, news, TV/movie talk and fashion. After 8 seasons and over 200 episodes, Teonny decided to end the show in 2012. He shortly left Defglam in the same year.

In 2012, Teonny became the Pop Culture Expert for Sinuous Magazine, an online publication dedicated to providing a multicultural exploration of art, entertainment, fashion and social issues through a mix of news and thought pieces. After a three-year run, Teonny left the publication to pursue new interests, and now resides at, as the Editor-in-Chief, where he specializes in Pop Music, though he also dabbles in Fashion, TV/Film, Rap & introducing readers to new and rising talent.

Teonny is also part of a collective called The Bloginati, a Multifaceted group with people who touch on several forms of media.