Well, here we are. It keeps seeming like Lorde’s “Royals” has spread as far as it’s going to spread. I mean, the song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, it got accused of being racist, it got picked up by radio stations across the country, Rick Ross remixed it, a sad clown covered it, and it has slowly but surely become “that” song. You know, THAT song.
And now, that song—the one by a teenage girl in New Zealand talking about “a different kind of buzz”—has been remixed by Wu-Tang street rap legend Raekwon. “Royals” has come a long way. Stylistically, thematically, sonically, this remix shouldn’t make sense… but it’s pretty fucking amazing to hear.