“Royals,” Lorde’s No. 1 anthem that disavows the perceived happiness of fame and fortune, has received a materialism-toting remix from none other than the MMG don himself, Rick Ross. Cue a “We’re driving Maybachs in our dreams” joke!
Over Joel Little’s familiarly minimal production, Rozay offers a few signature grunts as Lorde spins her enchanting personal tale in the opening verse before he barges toward center stage. “She wanna watch ‘Scandal,’ I wanna count a handful/Dead presidents sleep in the attic of the mansion,” Ross spits nonchalantly before Lorde returns and concludes that she, unlike Ross, will never be royal.
Last week, “Royals” logged a third week atop the Hot 100 chart, while Lorde’s debut album, “Pure Heroine,” slips one spot to No. 7 on this week’s Billboard 200 tally. And if you didn’t think “Royals” could take a rap remix, consider that the song jumped up to No. 6 on last week’s Rhythmic Airplay chart, residing in the Top 10 alongside artists like Drake, Jay Z and Big Sean.
Meanwhile, Ross’ next album, “Mastermind,” is due out on Dec. 17.