The singer told The Guardian that she made her recent album /\/\/\Y/\ with a punk aesthetic, which surprised those who expected her to build on the popularity of her second album Kala.
She explained: "It was a huge shock for everyone, including my label. I think maybe it's just that people forgot what it felt like to be punk.
"It was weird because people see it as a failure as opposed to something that celebrates art or champions art."
M.I.A. added: "It's way more important for me to be creative and push boundaries in myself and for myself, because it's part of my evolution and growth as an artist.
"I needed to go here to this particular place because my personal life is that contradictory and weird and insane, and it was trying to reflect that."
Diplo, who produced the artist's third LP, has previously accused her of not caring about the record.