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Seriously though T-Pain has done more than any point-by-point breakdown of how racist Lorde is in revealing what is, essentially, racist about her project, which basically begins and ends with the problem of ennui in a way that reminds me of Jamaica Kincaid: who gets to feel ennui? not I’m soooo melancholic becomes the central question of the song and it’s incredible this is incredible
I find “Royals” as catchy as anyone, but I was disappointed by how Lorde can’t seem to recognize that hip-hop artists are her allies, not enemies. For example, when most debut rap albums drop, those people don’t even have all the glitz and money they sometimes talk about. They’re rapping fairytales they wished they lived in, and sometimes they eventually get to do that. Because that’s still a big part of hip hop — people who came from poverty, walks of life where wealth seemed like the kind of thing you only write fantasies about.
I also forever can’t deal with the stubborn media illiteracy evident in criticizing singles as if they represent the depth of any genre. The same commercial artists who release songs about wealth and decadence tend to also have tracks about their families and the people and places they carry with them.
Lorde isn’t the sickness, so I’ve never been able to get it up to be mad at her. Her album’s okay enough. I’m just a little exhausted by rehashing old, shallow criticisms.