Listen: Maimouna Youssef’s Response to Lorde’s “Royals”
At this point, Lorde's "Royals" is firmly embedded in this moment in pop culture. Released last summer, it proved a smash hit for the New Zealand singer, one that culminated with her recently taking home four Grammys for her trouble.
But local rapper and singer Maimouna Youssef has a response to Lorde's hit. It comes in the form of her new adaptation of the song, "We're Already Royal," a defense of have-nots who are justified in their fantasies of—as Lorde's original references—diamonds, Cristal, and Maybach cars. It's a call to arms, of sorts, for the hustlers and those on the indie grind who shine their own way. Though Youssef also reminds listeners that wealth doesn't equal happiness—and that true success is the kind attained with integrity.
Stream "We're Already Royal" below.