UK rapper and vocal social-change proponent M.I.A. has announced her departure from Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation management company, following-up the sudden announcement with an appeal to her Twitter followers to send in their CVs, saying she is looking to hire “young people” for her staff.
Taking to Twitter on 31st December, M.I.A., real name Maya Arulpragasam, did not offer any explanation for the split with Hov’s company, merely tweeting, “im (sic) leaving [Roc Nation]. Thanks to everyone who supported the M.I.A. [Matangi LP]. HAPPY NEW YEAR.”
2013 saw the artist involved in disputes with her label and representation over her fourth full-length album — the repeatedly-delayed Matangi, which was only given a final release date after the rapper threatened to leak the record online herself — and her similarly delayed documentary film.
The film’s director, Steve Loveridge, recently said that the film was “definitely happening,” following his own dispute with Roc Nation after he posted a trailer for the film without the company’s permission. The director told a Roc Nation rep that he “would rather die than work on [the project].”
Production has reportedly resumed on the film, though in the meantime M.I.A. may be playing HR representative, recently tweeting that she is “Looking for young people to work in fields of ART production / MUSIC/MERCH / FILM / WEB / MARKETING,” urging them to “Snd CV (sic).”
— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) December 31, 2013
MIA 4 the people by the people, looking for young people to work in fields of ART production / MUSIC /MERCH / FILM / WEB / MARKETING SndCV
— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) January 1, 2014