17-year-old, New Zealand-born pop singer Lorde made a huge splash this year with song "Royals"—and not just because it's an undeniable earworm. The Maybach- and Cristal-reviling song has been called racist by some. Complex Senior Editor Foster Kamer wrote here that the song is critical of all decadence and a recent as-told-to in Interview Magazine supports his thesis. In a section about writing her debut album, the singer reveals that she had been listening to a lot of rap music, specifically Drake and Nicki Minaj, and pop singers like Lana Del Rey, and that became completely off-putting to her:
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." I basically just wrote what we were all thinking.
[via Huffington Post]