In a new twist on the controversial style of Arab drifting called hagwalah, the illegal and often fatal practice serves as the backdrop of a fairly large scale music video production.

In a new twist on the controversial style of Arab drifting called hagwalah, the illegal and often fatal practice serves as the backdrop of a fairly large scale music video production.

The video is for the hip-hop single "Bad Girls" by British artist M.I.A. aka Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam. In the video, there's no assault rifles or police raids, but in true front-wheel drive hagwalah style we see all of the usual tricks - high speed drifts, flip-flop pavement skating and some two-wheel balancing action. At one point there's even some syncronized 180 J-turns - cool.

The song/video clearly wants to capitalize off the controversial nature of the illicit activity, but in the end, we can't help but come away feeling like we watched another cliche faux gangster hip-hop video with little artistic merit.

However, M.I.A does sit on top of a vehicle balancing on two wheels while she files her nails. That's kinda cool...