Is the Song 'Royals' by Lorde Racist?
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This question originally appeared on Quora in regards to this article. Answer by Aaron Ellis, Former Music Critic with Artist Farm
This song is not about a race. It's about a culture. Not African American or rap culture, but the materialism and excess that is overtaking pop culture. If I wanted to, I could interpret this song as an attack on 2 Chainz, Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, and Lil Wayne. However, based on their recent music, videos, and behavior, I could make an equally strong argument that this song is directed at Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber. Heck, Miley has a song on the radio right now that talks about, as Lorde puts it, "trippin in the bathroom" (referring to the line in "We Can't Stop" about "everyone body in line at the bathroom, trying to get a line in the bathroom," or something to that effect). Miley and Justin. White. Lorde's song mentions people bragging about "Jet Planes." While one could associate that with Far East Movement's rap song "Like a G6", it could
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