"Bucky Done Gun
" is the third single from M.I.A.
Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam , better known by her stage name M.I.A. , is an English singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, painter and director of Sri Lankan Tamil descent. Her compositions combine elements of hip hop, electronica, dance, alternative and world music. M.I.A...
's critically acclaimed album Arular
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. It is written by Maya Arulpragasam and Wesley Pentz and produced by Diplo, with additional production by A. Brucker, P. Byrne and Wizard. The track samples heavily from Deize Tigrona
Deize Tigrona is a Brazilian funk carioca musician. Born in the São Conrado neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Deize worked as a house cleaner until her music career became successful. Her song “Injeção” was used as the basis for the M.I.A. song "Bucky Done Gun". Recently she has performed both with...
's baile funk song "Injeção." Both "Injeção" and "Bucky Done Gun" sample the horns from "Gonna Fly Now
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" (the theme song from Rocky
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), composed by Bill Conti
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M.I.A. performed the song on 3 May 2005 on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
. "Bucky Done Gun" was included in the soundtrack of NBA Live 06
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, but renamed and re-edited as "Bucky Done."
The music video
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for "Bucky Done Gun" was directed by Anthony Mandler
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. It features Arulpragasam rapping aggressively against a desolate wasteland, erratically interspersed with scenes of her performing live in an underground nightclub, filmed in an artsy, guerrilla style. The video is also mixed with images of teenagers throwing grenades of smoking colour at buildings; Arulpragasam's live backup singer Ms. Cherry provocatively grinding against a chain-linked fence and giggling children playing in dirty streets and damp landscapes.
Song title meaning
In an interview with Ashlene Nand, M.I.A. was asked "what the hell does “Bucky Done Gun” mean?
". Her response was:
I don’t know!! (Laughs) I really don’t know. At the time, the concept that I was thinking of was how far we are going to go with gangster culture in rap music. That’s really what I was thinking about. I was thinking about 50 Cent
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. It started off as Public Enemy and ended with 50 Cent. What was that journey (for rap music) and how did that happen? In London, Bucky is a slang
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word for gun. It’s a real British, grime
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word. So I was thinking, what is the aftermath of gangster rap? Were they going to get into therapy?
- "Bucky Done Gun" – 3:45
- "Bucky Done Gun" [DJ Marlboro's Funk Carioca remix] – 2:37
- "Bucky Done Gun" [¥£$ Productions's remix] – 3:26
- "Bucky Done Gun" [ DaVinChe
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remix] – 3:00
- "Bucky Done Gun" [instrumental] – 3:46
- "Bucky Done Gun" [a capella] – 3:17
12" vinyl single
- "Bucky Done Gun" – 3:45
- "Bucky Done Gun" [DaVinChe remix] – 3:00
- "Pull Up the People" [D'Explicit remix] – 3:35
- Maya Arulpragasam - main performer, artwork
- A. Brucker - final mix and production
- P. Byrne - final mix and production
- Diplo - producer
- Wizard - programming, mixing and additional production
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