Lana Del Rey’s “High By The Beach”: Listen
UPDATE: Below, hear the official version of Lana Del Rey’s “High By The Beach” with her full Zane Lowe interview from the song’s August 10 premiere on Beats 1.
Del Rey has said that her third album would be a return to the “noirish” feel of her 2012 debut Born to Die, and the title track was that — brooding, cinematic, ultraviolent. Not “High by the Beach.” There is actually a hip-hop bounce, albeit a low-key one. And while her voice is barely above a whisper throughout, her lyrics are atypically assertive, like she’s internalized the recent gospel of Rihanna. This torch singer doesn’t need your money or your bullshit: “You can be a bad motherfucker, but that don’t make you a man.”
Such a turn shouldn’t be completely unexpected from Del Rey, though. She isn’t a rapper, though she’s taken inspiration from hip-hop before. She used to listen to Eminem and has collaborated with A$AP Rocky twice before. Plus, several years ago, some genius created Born Ready to Die, a Del Rey and Notorious B.I.G. mashup album in which “Juicy” gets reimagined as a James Bond theme. Listen to “High by the Beach” below.