Shaking with fury, Kesha calls out her detractors with a Gag Order deep cut. “Hate Me Harder” rattles the windows. Stark piano and little else accompany the pop performer, whose voice cuts deep into the veins. “If hatin’ me helps you love yourself, do your worst, baby, give me hell,” she professes on the chorus. Online vitriol comes with the territory of pop stardom, and she should know more than anyone. Over the years, she’s been the punchline of jokes and ridicule, totally undeserved. Yet she’s remained strong (but don’t call her a fighter, as she implores on another song “Fine Line”). Here, she tells the truth as plainly as she can and delivers an exemplary vocal to boot.
Listen to”Hate Me Harder” below.