Everyone’s favorite New Zealand pop star has sounded off again, this time on how she views the inimitable Kanye West. In a lengthy interview with The Guardian, Lorde spoke on a number of subjects, but one notable soundbite was her assessment of Kanye.
She aptly compared Kanye to her pop music principal.
“[He's] like my school principal, if the school is pop,” the 17-year-old said. This was after the interviewer brought up the fact that Kanye had recently sought Lorde out to let her know he’s a fan of her music. Does this mean there’s a Lorde/Kanye collab coming in the future? That would honestly be a great move for both artists.
Lorde has faced flack for the way she portrays hip-hop culture in her hit song “Royals” and Kanye? Well, he could definitely use a No. 1.
But Kanye wasn’t the only subject that Lorde discussed, and as is always the case, she had other pretty strong opinions to voice. She talked about how suddenly being thrown in the middle of the pop world caused her to forget that she was part of what she was critiquing.
“At the beginning, because I’m really interested in pop and pop culture and how things work and why something’s successful, I was just wanting to have a discussion about pop while forgetting that I was actually in it,” she said. “Having the world weighing in on you from all sorts of different perspectives is intense.”
She also noted that the perspective she really listens to is that of people who are her age.
“The criticism I listen to most is what comes from people the same age as me; they’re the only people I care about liking my music,” the teenager said, adding that she chooses her opinions regardless of what other people think. “One consistent thing is that if I like something and nobody likes it, I still like it. If I don’t like something and everyone loves it, I still hate it.”