New Orleans' biggest rap export puts his contemporaries in the shade on inspired new mixtape
Lana Del Rey - 'Born To Die'
Glorious, pillowy violins with slowed heartbeat blip
But as with Azealia Banks’ smooth delivery, to an extent the words needn’t mean anything, carried instead by internal rhymes – “Oh, my heart it breaks/Every step that I take/But I’m hoping at the gates they’ll tell me that you’re mine” – that flow like a melted chocolate waterslide, buffeted by impeccable production. The whipping strings nod to Westerns and Gone With The Wind, the archetypal American signifiers Del Rey loves so much, and the pillowy violins, slowed heartbeat blip and patriotic chord progression are glorious. It’s not going to sway those still blathering about her being manufactured, but hey, they just lost their chance to get in on that Lana/hunk cuddle in the video.
Laura Snapes, Assistant Reviews Editor
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