It comes as no surprise to learn that Lady Gaga's music is influenced by hair metal and glam rock, but would it ever cross your mind that hip-hop plays a heavy role in her creative process as well?
Mother Monster recently sat down with author/music aficionado, Steve Stoute, for an interview in which she reveals her love of Watch The Throner's, Yeezy and Hov (calling them ahead of their time), as well as her respect for the hip-hop ethos and lifestyle in general. On being questioned about whether or not hip-hop has influenced her music and style, The Gagz says:
"Of course. I mean I think it was always the lifestyle of hip-hop, the sort of celebration of decadence as the cherry on top of success; after you eat sh*t in the industry for so long, once you make it to the top, you bring all your friends with you and you celebrate."
If there's one thing Lady Gaga's music reflects, it's a celebration of decadence. And just to prove it, here are three LG songs bred in the laps of luxury:
Baby, you'll be famous / Chase you down until you love me / Papa-paparazzi / (Real good) / We're dancin' in the studio / (Stop, stop) / That song on the radio / (Don't stop)
We love this example because it's like the roles are reversed; instead of Lady Gaga taking her friends to the top with her, she's riding on the coattails of her rocker boyfriend. We have a little hunch this might be about Lüc Carl, but you didn't hear it from us.
Stop callin', stop callin', I don't wanna think anymore / I left my head and my heart on the dance floor
The great thing about hitting it big is you can finally (sort of) relax. No more stress about meeting with label reps, no more chats about your "image", and no more defending your "artistic integrity"; you've made it! In "Telephone", it's clear that Gaga is super happy with her "situation" because the most stressful thing about her life is some dude who keeps calling her. Girl, there are tons of ladies who would want that problem.
1. So Happy I Could Die
Happy in the club with a bottle of red wine / Stars in our eyes 'cause we're having a good time / Eh-eh, eh-eh, so happy I could die / Be your best friend, yeah, I'll love you forever
Apparently this song is about Lady Gaga's DJ/bestie, Lady Starlight, who used to perform with her as a duo before she became umm, the biggest popstar in the world. Gagz is such a loyal pal that once she hit it big, she still brought Starlight along as her tour DJ. There's a lesson to be learned here: be kind to your friends, they may one day become famous.