Again, Twitter turns out to be the most agile (though not the most trustworthy) news source in the world. Thanks to the account of Polow Da Don, a producer few artists from the worlds of R&B and hip-hop have been able to resist, we discovered that M.I.A. has been in the studio with some “new friends”. According to Da Don, Maya Arulpragasam has been collaborating with him, Chris Brown and Swizz Beatz on some original material that supposedly, according to Niles “Cyrano” Hollowell-Dhar (half of The Cataracs, another one who claims to have been working with M.I.A. recently), is meant for a new mixtape, which “she wants to be like an album.” No more details are known about that mixtape, but it looks like our Maya has decided to give her sound a North American urban twist. According to Da Don, there was magic in the studio. More details as we get them.