Lady Gaga Dishes On Her Love For Hip-Hop
Describing her as “the lady at the center of fashion and pop culture,” marketing wiz Steve Stoute interviews Lady Gaga for his “Tanning Effect” series with a focus on her relevance to hip-hop.
Gaga describes Kanye West and Jay-Z especially as “ahead of their time,” citing her current favorite album as their joint effort, Watch The Throne. Stoute asks the pop icon about hip-hop’s effect on her, where she delves into the psyche of her favorite rappers and their quest to win (“the celebration of decadence was the cherry on top of success”), how she’s been able to achieve such a diverse fanbase (“you have ‘monsters’ from 16 to 60″), her social impact and if she had a specific “tanning” moment of her own.
Lady Gaga on what’s on her iPod:
“I listen to a lot of heavy metal and a lot of old rock & roll and glam music. But actually recently I’ve been listening to the new ‘Ye and Jay record [Watch The Throne] kind of on repeat. I love it. Not only do I love the music—and I’ve always felt that Jay-Z and Kanye [West] are ahead of their time…the video for “Otis” is just something so incredible about the fact that they took this car [and destroyed it]. Years ago they would’ve shined the Maybach up, waxed it, shined a beautiful light off of it, and would’ve heralded the newness, and expensiveness, and the luxury of the vehicle. And yet, they walk in, and they fuck this car up, and it’s all about saying, ‘Hip-hop has changed and we’re moving in a new direction’.”
On hip-hop’s influence on her music:
“I think it was always the lifestyle of hip-hop, the sort-of celebration of decadence is the cherry on top of success. After you eat shit in the industry for so long, once you make it to the top you bring all of your friends with you and you celebrate. That was always my favorite thing about my favorite hip-hop artists. In fact, it influenced me so much that when I would be interviewed early on in my career about my success; and I would be so confident about it, so forthright about it—people would say, “Well, she’s this female pop singer. She’s from New York. She’s [22 years old]. Why is she talking like that?” But I was raised through music watching and idolizing these people that come from the streets or worked from the ground up. I thought, “Well, if you really worked for it—which I did—you should emulate that sort of gratitude.”