It goes without saying that Lorde is kind of a badass. She writes unabashed lyrics that reveal little nuggets of truth embedded within her textured vocals. Think Fiona Apple minus the uncontrolled craziness. Like Fiona, Lorde is a hip-hop fan, but she's not delusional about the ballerific lifestyles of hip-hop artists.

"I’ve always listened to a lot of rap," she told NY Mag. "It’s all, look at this car that cost me so much money, look at this Champagne. It’s super fun. It’s also some bullshit. When I was going out with my friends, we would raid someone’s freezer at her parents’ house because we didn’t have enough money to get dinner. So it seems really strange that we’re playing A$AP Rocky. I experienced this disconnect."