Lorde takes the power back with cover of Jeremih’s ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’

Lorde recently performed her version of rapper Jeremih’s summer single “Don’t Tell ‘Em” for BBC Radio 1, and she made it her own.

The original is made for the club, but Lorde slows it down and reverses the gender roles. In an interview, she explained “[i]t’s quite a saucy song or something, and I think it would be interesting to flip the dynamic and make that power mine.”

Lorde’s having an excellent 18th birthday month. She debuted the video for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 single “Yellow Flicker Beat,” which has already been “reworked” by Kanye West, and gave Diplo the gas face.

Some good supplemental reading: Molly Beauchemin’s piece on Lorde, FKA Twigs, and the feminist dance movement.

Screengrab via BBC Radio 1/YouTube

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.