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M.I.A. Video for "Paper Planes": Uncensored, Beastie Boys Cameo Intact

December 17, 2007 12:12 PM ET

M.I.A. is sick of anonymous editors taking the ammo out of the chorus for her single "Paper Planes." The rapper writes in her MySpace blog about haters cutting the gunshot noises out of her track when she performed on the The Late Show with David Letterman earlier this year (watch here). "I felt soooooo bad for what they did to my sound .... on the actual taping my sound was sooo different from what I'd agreed." And now MTV is messing with the video for "Planes": "The video was sabotaged" she writes, and she's posted the original version of the video, which was shot in Brooklyn and features a cameo from the Beastie Boys, on her site; check it out above.

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