The Black Lips guitarist bashes Drake, Lorde and MacklemoreBy Ru Johnson | March 25th, 2014 | No Comments »
Hopefully you didn’t have your heart set on a Drake remix featuring the Black Lips. Guitarist Cole Alexander is not a fan of Lorde, Drake or Macklemore, according to an interview for A.V. Club’s HateSong series. In the interview, Alexander calls Lorde “naive,” Drake “fake” and comments on Macklemore’s “white guilt.”
Alexander starts off his hating of what seems to be primarily one-named artists with Lorde:
“She’s not proud of where she came from, ‘no postcode envy,’ and these rappers are repping Compton and shit. They’re repping their hood, not 90210 or some shit. A lot of people don’t pretend they’re from 90210, but a lot of musicians want to pretend they’re poor or like rappers. They want to be from the worst ’hood. If you start from the top, people get bored. There’s no struggle there.”
He goes on to say the band would never do a song with Lorde, adding insult to injury.
The Compton reference, a throw to Kendrick Lamar, no doubt, is a segue to his next target: Macklemore. Alexander says the single “Thrift Shop” is problematic because of its underlying racial references.
“My problem isn’t the fact that he says “honky,” though. It’s that he puts “honky” in a black person’s mouth and they actually say it instead of him. He put a racist term into a black person’s mouth and had it thrown back at him to satiate his white guilt. That’s the way I look at it.”
From here he moves to Drake, who he just flat out doesn’t like:
“I grew up in a decent suburb in Atlanta, but I do think sometimes in hip-hop, you can hear it in his voice. He didn’t have that pain in his voice, but it’s a subtle nuance. I’m sure he has some struggles in his life like everyone does, but I just don’t like Drake. He seems kind of fake to me.”
If you’re in a hating mood (and, come on, who isn’t?), then check out the whole interview here.
Ru Johnson is an arts and culture music writer living in Denver. You can follow her on Twitter here.