The phrase’songs like paper planes’ evokes childhood memories of making airplanes and flying them in the air. Songs like paper planes, however, are not a simple metaphor. They are not ironic criticisms of society’s problems. They embrace the worst aspects of modern pop culture. This song’s main purpose is to make money and sell records. Despite its irony, the underlying message of the song is one that appeals to many.
The music of Paper Planes is downtempo and contains elements of hip hop and African folk music. The chorus is full of children’s chanting and gunshots. Cash registering sound effects are also used. M.I.A was inspired to consider American perceptions about immigrants when they filmed the video in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. Look no further if you’re looking to hear Paper Planes!