M.I.A. is a British-Tamil rapper who first rose to fame in the UK and Canada in early 2005 after releasing her album Arular, which was recorded and produced in her bedroom. Born as Mathangi Arulpragasm in London, the artist moved to Sri Lanka with her family and moved frequently throughout the country, the true beginning of her biography and roots. As the daughter of a man who fought for Tamil independence in Sri Lanka, she had close encounters with the government, which have been the driving force behind most of her lyrics. She eventually moved with her family to India at the age of 11. In the 1990s, M.I.A. enrolled at Central St Martins College and studied graphic design and filmmaking. Post-college, she began designing the covers for music albums, which introduced her to several bands and gave her the idea to make her own music. It was then that she began to create songs and post it on the Internet, which allowed her to gain notoriety and eventually get signed onto XL Recordings. In 2007, Kala was released, which explored global struggles and used a variety of different instruments for a unique reggae sound. Just two years later, she was named one of the world's most influential people by Time magazine. The same year, she was nominated for Best British Female Artist at the 2009 Brit Awards. It was her hit song "Paper Planes" that skyrocketed the music artist to success and appeared in major motion picture films like Slumdog Millionaire and Capitalism: A Love Story. By 2012, the artist had left her record label and signed onto Jay Z's Roc Nation. In 2014, M.I.A. was one of the artists to perform at the Ultra Music Festival. She also announced during the year that she will be leaving the Roc Nation Label.