“And I’m not proud of my address
In the torn up town, no post code envy”
Rappers have a known history for shouting out their area codes.
Example: Plies - 239
Ludacris: AREA CODE! NIGGA MADE A SONG ABOUT IT!
Think about the feud between…
post codes and area codes aren’t the same thing, and in general I don’t think in the states we have much of a zip code culture, it’s much more likely to be about area codes, so I can see this being equated but if she wanted to talk about area codes I feel she would have said that. also she is definitely attacking every type of popular music culture in the lyrics because she mentions things like “trippin’ in the bathroom” (tripping referring to drugs) which is more associated with trance music or dancy pop tunes. She also says “trashin’ the hotel rooms” when that has been a stereotype about rock groups forever pretty much.
And I saw someone reblog this and mention it’s not even a critique but a full out diss, I do agree with that. She is straight up saying “nope all of this stuff in the media sucks and isn’t for me” even though she is famous from the song that says that and thus negates that idea but nevertheless… The song isn’t about hating on rap culture exclusively, it’s hating on the culture of success as a whole. Unless there is a stereotype involving rappers wearing ballgowns and trashing hotel rooms and getting covered in blood stains and owning islands that I am unaware of.
Her focusing on so much of rap culture compared to the other specific popular culture things she mentions does bring up how white people have come to associate rap culture with bragging about riches, but ignore it when other white people brag about riches at all. The song is a really good piece of evidence to use when people don’t think that rap culture is unfairly treated as more decadent than “white genres,” ‘cause it definitely is and how often Lorde brings up rap culture vs. other stuff in this song is great material for pointing out some big picture problems too.