THE DEBUT EP:
Around the middle of last year I started listening to a lot of rap, like Nicki Minaj and Drake, as well as pop singers like Lana Del Rey. They all sing about such opulence, stuff that just didn’t relate to me—or anyone that I knew. I began thinking, “How are we listening to this? It’s completely irrelevant.” I basically just wrote what we were all thinking. I tend to start with a full set of lyrics, and then my producer, Joel Little, and I work on the music collaboratively. As I’ve become more musically competent, we’ll start with a beat, but everything revolves around the lyrics. I wanted to put the EP up for free because being teenager, and not having a credit card—I mean, who has a credit card at 16?!—I just thought people my age would appreciate it.
Full Interview: Interview Magazine
Do you feel like you can’t relate to Drake and Nicki Minaj’s music? I think Lorde needs to realize Drake and others don’t only rap/sing about opulence. People relate to Drake’s music about relationships and starting from the bottom. You can’t listen to a few singles and make a judgment on an artist.