British rapper M.I.A., whose sampled voice is the chorus of radio’s hottest single “Swagga Like Us,” has confirmed that she is pregnant with her first child.
“I’m creating a baby,” the 31-year-old singer told Pitchfork Media.
The news follows success of her biggest single to date, “Paper Planes,” which received a sales boost with its presence in the trailer for “Pineapple Express.”
“When I found out I was pregnant and ‘Paper Planes’ was in the iTunes top 10, it seemed like the whole world was reshuffled in one week, and all my plans went out the window,” the artist said. “I’ve got two kids, that’s what it feels like. And that’s the lesson – you can’t make plans.”
She and fiancé Ben Brewer, lead singer and guitarist of The Exit, kept the due date and the baby’s sex a secret, but they made sure their fans knew they are serious about having a child.
“I got engaged first, then I got pregnant, kids,” M.I.A. said.
“Swagga Like Us,” featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and T.I., is crafted around M.I.A.’s line “no one on the corner has swagger like us” from “Paper Planes.” It was released last month as the first single from Jay-Z’s 11th studio album “The Blueprint 3” and also appears on T.I.’s sixth studio album, “Paper Trail.”