Lorde talks with Rookie and it's amazing

Photo by Petra. Collage by Minna - both of  Rookie

Photo by Petra. Collage by Minna - both of  Rookie

Obsessed with this interview. Lorde speaks candidly about her age, the music industry, her creative inspirations, feminism, and heaps more. It's on the longer side, but worth the read. This is one of my favorite bits.

When people started to look at “Royals” as a critique of hip-hop, how did you react and feel?

I mean, it’s one thing for kids who fight in the comments section of YouTube and who use “gay” as an insult to take offense at what you’re doing; but when it’s highly intelligent writers, all of whom you respect, you start to question what you’re doing and if you have done something wrong. I have grown up in a time when rap music is pop music, and I do think people were maybe a little bit selective about the parts of that song they used to make those arguments, because a lot of it is examples of rock excess, or just standard pop culture “rich kids of Instagram”-type excess. But I’m glad that people are having discussions about it and informing me about it. Also, I wrote that song a few months into being 15, and now I’m a 17-year-old looking back on that, and I didn’t know then what I know now, so I kind of am not too hard on myself.
— http://rookiemag.com/2014/01/lorde-interview