Itemized: M.I.A. Bad Girls USB Necklace


Every week a different FADER staff member will pick a clothing item or accessory that he or she has lately been spending a lot of time with—or would like to—and write a little love letter to it. We would’ve done a column on who we’re dating but that seemed a little bit much. This week Duncan Cooper talks about his M.I.A. “Bad Girls” USB necklace.

The day I got M.I.A.’s USB necklace—$50 on her own site, 2GB and loaded with three “Bad Girls” remixes—a rapper came to FADER offices. The USB is gold-plated, and so were this guy’s teeth. He wasn’t wearing a shirt, but he wore gold rings and necklaces. His eyes widened as he spied the necklace on my desk, then stretched even bigger as he put it on and discovered it opened to reveal a USB drive. M.I.A. might’ve been the first person to gild a fake BMW key and release music on it, but I hope she’s not the last to make a special vehicle for her tracks. Riff Raff could do a USB hair brush, or Kanye could do a little hand mirror. I mean, look, I’m not wearing this around. It’s more like desk art, and I’m going to plug and unplug the hell out of it. When I’m done copying TPS reports or whatever, I keep this next to my computer and the chain snakes around the table in a fancy tangle. I used to lose my dinky old USB in a drawer every other time I used it. Never again.

CONTEST: Win your own M.I.A. USB necklace
To help spread the good office vibes, we’re giving away one of these bad girls. Comment below using your real email address with your favorite M.I.A. song OR suggest another object you’d next like to see turned into a USB drive. Contest is over, thanks everybody!

POSTED September 11, 2012 5:30PM IN ITEMIZED Comments (182) TAGS: ,




  1. Chase Gray says:

    Favorite song has got to be “Galang” only because me and my best friend sing it in the car and it sounds terrible. Haha

  2. Patryk says:

    My favorite song is ‘ pull up the people ‘ cause is so fresh and never will be boring.

  3. angella says:

    another object i’d like to see turned into a usb? a lighter. it will comes in handy and you know, to look good all sophisticated and classy you gotta have a real nice one. haven’t seen one so far..

  4. Tim says:

    “Born free” is my favourite M.I.A. track.

  5. Keedkool says:

    I would like to see a gold plated chain hang from that chain. Clearly this would be endorsed by none other than 2Chaiiiiiiinz

  6. GRRRR says:

    ‘caps lock’ is my favorite mia song!

    ovalot is close, but caps takes it

  7. erink says:

    XR2. how could you not get down to that?

  8. Ana Maria C. says:

    `Paper planes` is the winner for me.

  9. gracie says:

    “meds & feds” if i have to choose just one.

  10. Marcos L. says:

    Bad Girls Remix feat. Rye Rye.

  11. Ezequiel says:

    Fav song: BIRD FLU.

  12. Fav MIA song??…’Internet Connection’ duh ;) that’s why I would enjoy this musical, arty piece of soon to be music history, plead and thank you.

  13. Fredo says:

    My pick’s “Hombre” from Arular. Ay señor, nothing is sexier.

  14. Richard C says:

    unexpected and flew over people’s heads…kinda like a Paper Plane?

  15. danielle says:

    mango pickle down river

  16. BR Jazz says:

    Bamboo Banga! Love that slow cook

  17. Paper Planes. The Clash sample. Perfect.

  18. Emily says:

    Born Free

  19. henn says:

    Jimmy is my favorite track from her and the video OH MY I love it.

  20. Kenni says:

    Sunshowers is def top 3 but all of M.I.As songs are dope… all time fav artist! #lovesher

  21. Conor says:

    It all depends on who was putting out the flashdrive what would need to be

    Gunplay – naturally I’d like a see a bullet that has been changed over (though hopefully not a German bullet, because that connection he’s been making is already more than a little uncomfortable)

    Paul Wall – USB grill….how this hasn’t already happens upsets me on a deeply personal level

    AraabMuzik- How about a mini mpc that the pads light up while it’s plugged in

    Danny Brown- Part of a tooth

  22. Derek says:

    I would have to say Pull Up The People…it’s just so infectious! I also love her on Timbalands Come Around and / or Missy Elliot’s Bad Man (I wasn’t sure if those counted as they are technically not her songs)

  23. Joe Liu says:

    Vickileex mix is such a cool concept and commentary on information and politics.

  24. Ande says:

    MIA’s best to me will always be Bucky Done Gun!

  25. You want me be, somebody who I’m really not !

    XXXO !

  26. Tim White says:

    “Pop” from Piracy Funds Terrorism mixtape, ’cause I’m old-school like that. I need that desk bling!

    BTW…Renegade Soundwave were the first to “appropriate” the BMW logo…decades ago! RSW!

  27. SheaBoogie says:

    ‘ XXXO’ all day fam!!


  28. Bruno Rommel says:

    I love Born Free and it’s my favorite because I feel like I’m beating everyone that appears lol

  29. Nicety says:

    It’s a tie- XXXO with Jay-z & Bad Girls!!

  30. Tony Garcia says:

    My favorite M.I.A. song is “Bamboo Banger”

  31. Noil Bee says:

    Favorite M.I.A song = hmm….
    well… Lets rewind.
    I just scrolled my list of favorite M.I.A songs and man-o-man its hard to just pick one.
    Its like a mother having to choose which of her kids she loves the most; tough decisions.
    BUT if I were in a RAGING House Party and I just wanted to keep that rock-steady jam going it would definitely have to be “BAMBOO BANGER!!!!”.

    How could you not jump around and move to that when tie Bamboo drops.

    I am a computer technician and versatile yet stylish flash drives are hard to come by. And this M.I.A USB Chain is by far the best I’ve seen yet.
    I remember my freshman year of college I would walk around with a crappy flash drive hooked to my silver necklace. Wasn’t the stylish, but it got the job done.

    I would love to see a Flash drive integrated into a wrist watch some how.
    Something so nonchalant that you would never know it was there.
    James Bond would even consider wearing it to this he next “Job” .