Paper Planes, is a song by British musician M.I.A. for her second studio album, "Kala" (2007). The song was written by Maya M.I.A. Arulpragasam, Topper Headon, Mick Jones, Wesley Diplo Pentz, Paul Simonon and Joe Strummer and produced by Diplo with additional production by Switch. A denouement following stereotypical perceptions of immigrants, violence and M.I.A.'s troubles securing a visa to the US while recording her second album, the song's development was motivated by her not knowing the reasons behind her stupid visa problem, aside from them thinking that I might fly a plane into the Trade Center, which is the only reason that they would put me through this.... During the recording sessions, she wanted to create a song about daily experiences of immigrants, while listeners could interpret the chorus' protagonist asbeing anyone from street hustlers to gun-selling corporations. Paper Planes was released for download in August 2007 and as the album's thirdsingle by XL Recordings and Interscope Records on February 11, 2008. The song includes a sample of, "Straight to Hell,"by The Clash. Paper Planes is a down tempo rap song ballad, with a folk style melody considered less dance-influenced than the other songs on the album.
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