On The A.V. Club's series HateSong, notable musicians and comedians discuss songs they hate and why they hate them. In this week's installment, Cole Alexander of The Black Lips talks about why he doesn't like Lorde's "Royals." Alexander calls the song "a bit confused," explaining:
"Most of the people that are rapping about Maybachs and diamonds come from really 'torn-up towns.' I’m going on assumptions, but I feel like a lot of these guys are from Compton or these fucking ghettos like Memphis, and their parts of town are way more torn up than hers. That’s a mere assumption from seeing her in interviews and stuff, but I feel like they come from worse parts and they aspire to get Maybachs and diamonds because they come from ratchet-ass ’hoods where they have no hope. I think it’s a bit righteous of her."
The song's lyrical content includes lines like "But every song's like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin' in the bathroom, blood stains, ball gowns, trashin' the hotel room." Alexander goes on:
Personally, I like more melodramatic, ignorant rap where they’re talking about violence and anger and it’s just evil. I don’t like when it’s too conscious, I don’t like it when it’s too smart. To me, it’s just like a gangster movie. In a gangster movie, you don’t want to see polite guys; you want to see them do horrible shit.
Besides the subject matter, he also explains that he just doesn't think the song sounds good, describing the track as "mediocre." Alexander seems to choose his words carefully, stating that he doesn't "hate" Lorde or the song itself and starting his opinions with the word "personally." Despite what he thinks, Lorde still owns two Grammys, winning Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year at the 56th Grammy Awards. This begs the question; has Lorde become a "Royal?"
Alexander also singled out a popular rap artist, saying "I just don’t like Drake. He seems kind of fake to me." You can read the rest of the interview at The A.V. Club.
The Black Lips have recently released their album Underneath the Rainbow this month, which you can stream here on Zumic. For The Black Lips' latest music, news and tour dates, check out their Zumic artist page.