New Grimes Song Declares Elon Musk As ‘Greatest Gamer’ But Crappy Boyfriend

New Grimes Song Declares Elon Musk As ‘Greatest Gamer’ But Crappy Boyfriend
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Grimes released a new song off her upcoming album Book 1. The track is titled “Player of Games” and appears to be a not-so-subtle song about the musician’s four-year relationship and recent break up with 50-year-old Tesla CEO and internet troll Elon Musk.

Apparently, Musk really loves the game and is the greatest gamer, but not much of a lover or boyfriend, assuming the song is indeed about him. (Which it super, probably is.)

“Player of Games” was released on December 2 and according to Grimes is the start of a new era, as she prepares to market and release her next upcoming album, Book 1. And it appears the first track released off it directly references Grimes relationship and eventual September break up with Musk.

I wasn’t really aware of the song’s existence until someone posted the lyrics to the track on Twitter. I assumed they were shitposting. Making it all up for a silly goof. But no, the new song does indeed include lyrics such as “I’m in love, with thе greatest gamer. But he’ll always love the game, more than he loves me” and “Sail away, to the cold expanse of space. Even love, couldn’t keep you in your place.”

The “greatest gamer” here appears to be a direct reference to Elon Musk, someone who at one point in time followed Kotaku on Twitter and who is known to play video games and has even shared gaming-related memes on the internet. (If I was billionaire I’d never touch the internet again, let alone Twitter, but that’s just me.)

Most likely “game” isn’t a direct reference to a specific game, but a play on words. We know Elon at one point read a book by Iain M. Banks titled “The Player Of Games” which, according to Musk, contained a “compelling picture of a grand, semi-utopian galactic future.” So in this context “game” probably means the business of running Tesla, his involvement with SpaceX and his continued attempts to make shitty subway alternatives using electric cars and expensive tunnels.

Or maybe that time he sold “flamethrowers” which were just large, expensive lighters. Or…he likes GTA Online a lot. Who can say? Only Grimes really knows and she’s too busy trying to remember why she and Musk tried to name their child X Æ A-12.

It’s not shocking to hear Musk might not be the best boyfriend in the world, considering allegations that he has physically and verbally abused employees, has had in Grimes’ own words “immature” moments and meltdowns on Twitter and once called a man trying to save children from a deadly situation a “pedo guy.” Yeah, doesn’t seem like a great boyfriend. But a great gamer… I can buy that.

Comments

    • I know right? This is my first time listening to Grimes’ music, and fuck me, was that ever a mistake. Just awful.

      • Please, go back and listen to her earlier album Halfaxa, which is a lo-fi masterpiece. It’s a bit rough around the edges, so if you don’t dig it, at least try her album Visions, and specifically the song Genesis, because it’s real good shit. I haven’t liked anything she’s done since Visions, except for that song Violence which is a banger.

        • I gotta say, when I think of lo-fi, I think of like… early Sebadoh and The Mountain Goats. Rough around the edges isn’t a problem.

          …I checked out the first couple songs on that album, and the song Gensis, and yeah, I do kind of dig it. It’s definitely got a vibe. To my ears, I wouldn’t call it lo-fi – sounds quite polished to me. It’s not SUPER glossy, but it’s definitely more in the real of… produced, versus captured.

          It’s not the kind of thing I’d listen to regularly, but yeah, I do get this. Nice atmosphere and mood to it, not at all like the song linked in the article.

          • Cool, I guess I just meant that Halfaxa’s production quality is fairly primitive, rather than actually referring to the genre ‘lo-fi’… so my bad. Visions is much better produced, but I still love the weirdness of Halfaxa more.

            Cool that you actually gave it a chance. Cos when I hear most of her new stuff, my ears hurt too. I’d say my favourite song by Grimes though, is My Sister Says the Saddest Things. It’s one of the most unique songs I’ve ever heard.

  • I dont know about that, but he is at the very least. one or two bad decisions away from being a Bond villain.

  • “(If I was billionaire I’d never touch the internet again, let alone Twitter, but that’s just me.) ”
    You can leave twitter, right now, for free.

  • > The “greatest gamer” here appears to be a direct reference to Elon Musk, someone who at one point in time followed Kotaku on Twitter and who is known to play video games and has even shared gaming-related memes on the internet…

    For everyone oh-so… “concernedly” wondering aloud why Kotaku is reporting this.

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