Already Royal: Reality Trippin’

Writer P. Djeli Clark discusses responses to Lorde’s racist track Royals: the surreal, a Grammy, and the sublime, like Maimouna Youssef’s proud and moving remake.

Phenderson Djèlí Clark

maimouna-youssef-already-royal-video-lead-715x400Songstress Maimouna Youssef’s soulful cover We’re Already Royal not only puts Lorde’s original to shame, it complicates the young New Zealander’s Grammy winning track’s entire narrative. It flips the script, becoming a type of alternate surreal reality that (after closer inspection) we realize is really our own.

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