Maya Arulpragasam isn’t the only one who’s MIA — so is the director of her documentary. (Sorry.) Last year, the Noize Bringer announced that she was being filmed for a documentary, directed by Steve Loveridge, featuring archival interviews with Diplo, Kanye West, Switch, Spike Jonze, Richard Russell, and Jimmy Iovine. Then, over the weekend, Loveridge leaked footage of the untitled-project…then almost immediately quit the damn thing.
Though the clip was uploaded by Loveridge, it’s been removed due to a copyright infringement claim from the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry). M.I.A. hinted that the film was being blocked from release, writing, “im gonna need @kickstarter and my fans to help make this exist, ive been black listed through normal channels!!!!!!!”
Loveridge also posted an email exchange with a Roc Nation representative, who claimed that the label was indeed going to move forward with the project and get it done in time for the release of Matangi and her festival performances. After the Roc Nation rep explained that the leak “screws with everything we’ve been working on setting up MATANGI,” Loveridge replied, “I really couldn’t give a flying f*ck. Count me out. Would rather die than work on this… nothing personal ”.
That’s the nicest “f*ck you, everyone” I’ve ever seen.