First of all Lorde’s album is genius from front to back. Bookend to bookend. Lorde is a phenomenal, phenomenal artist. Kendrick Lamar’s album was genius. And I was lucky enough to be a part of it, but his album — aside from my song — is genius in itself. Lyrically, to me, he’s just one of the best. And I think his music picking, the beats that he picks, the choice of songs … he’s got a really great ear. I love what Drake did this time around. I think Drake is masterful with his work. I think Tyler, The Creator is in a really good place right now. I think Taylor Swift has mastered her audience and what it is that she loves to do. You can say whatever you want, but they’re great lyrics, and she knows what her audience wants and she knows that good feeling. There’s another girl, Banks, who’s crazy. So good…
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And I think that we have to fight. We have to — even if it seems like we’re being the political correctness police, we have to say, “Guys, come on, really, this? This is what you think as a visionary? This is what you think is amazing? Really, you don’t feel awkward standing in the sea of white men chanting, ‘Suck my dick?’ That’s where are we at here in 2011?” God! I mean, maybe we are all just animals, I don’t know. There’s a part of me sometimes that think that I just entered the wrong business. I should be like — I don’t know, like braiding dove feathers — I have no idea. Maybe I’m too sensitive.
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