Lana Del Rey is certainly controversial. The Brooklyn singer-songwriter has created some steam in her short career. Bloggers have argued over her authenticity, but it’s hard to deny that the finished product, while shiny and slick, is quite fantastic. She demonstrated her gift for storytelling with her sultry performances of “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans.”
Equally controversial (but for much different reasons) is Los Angeles hip hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. Members Matt Martians and Syd tha Kyd recently formed The Internet, an Odd Future group that specializes in smooth R&B. So, when they decided to give Del Rey’s “Blue Jeans” the Odd Future treatment, you could expect some mellow awesomeness. The track delivers.
It’s a strange partnership, but when viewed through the lens of shared controversy, it’s perfectly logical. Everyone (from Jamie Woon to Balam Acab to your next door neighbor) has remixed Lana Del Rey. The Odd Future treatment (much like Tyler, The Creator’s remix of Lykke Li from earlier this year) puts the song in a new light and breaths a little life and excitement into something that has become pretty ubiquitous. It’s just funny to consider that these two breakout artists from 2011 are together in a song like this. It’s pretty inescapable.