In addition to her musical abilities, Lorde is quickly becoming known for her habit of dissing fellow musicians. First she made comments about Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift, then she called David Guetta ‘gross’ and now she is dissing Drake and Nicki Minaj for their music.
In her new piece with Interview magazine, the “Royals” singer explained “Around the middle of last year I started listening to a lot of rap, like Nicki Minaj and Drake, as well as pop singers like Lana Del Rey. They all sing about such opulence, stuff that just didn’t relate to me—or anyone that I knew. I began thinking, “How are we listening to this? It’s completely irrelevant.””
She added: “I basically just wrote what we were all thinking. I tend to start with a full set of lyrics, and then my producer, Joel Little, and I work on the music collaboratively. As I’ve become more musically competent, we’ll start with a beat, but everything revolves around the lyrics. I wanted to put the EP up for free because being teenager, and not having a credit card—I mean, who has a credit card at 16?!—I just thought people my age would appreciate it.”
As for her own growing fame, Lorde, real name Ella, said: “That’s the good thing about starting off in New Zealand, there is absolutely no concept of “celebrity” or fame. “Famous” people here, like Shortland Street actors, you all have mutual friends on Facebook, you know? Yeah, people are starting to recognize me now, which is kind of weird. But in New Zealand, it’s easy to hide from that stuff. I think I’m really lucky to have a great family… I go to a public school, and you know, it’s been a really hot summer here… and when I walk into class and my entire back is covered in sweat, I’m like, “I’m definitely not that cool.” I think growing up in New Zealand, it’s easy to keep grounded. But I have two sisters, one older and one younger, and it’s fun for them. I’ve started to be given all this free stuff, so I give it to them.”
I get what she’s saying, that she couldn’t related to Drake and Nicki‘s lyrics about opulence, champagne, spending tons of money, etc, but I think she could have said it differently. Plus, I’m sure there are tons of people who do relate. Or people who simply like that kind of music and lyrics. People for whom it is relevant. But then again, Lorde is not known for censoring herself.
What do you think of Lorde’s comments?
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