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Lana Del Rey ‘Ride or Die’ Demo Snippet Hits Web

Lana Del Rey
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Another Lana Del Rey track leaked online this week! The New York native’s ‘Lift Your Eyes Up‘ hit the web late last week, and today ‘Ride or Die’ surfaced on the Internet. What does the artist formerly known as Lizzy Grant’s rough cut sound like?

Cruisin’ down Santa Monica Boulevard” evokes Sheryl Crow’s spoken-word verses in ‘All I Wanna Do,’ while the production, beats and chorus sound like a Kesha cutting room track. When Del Rey sings “She’s a ride or die / B—-,” her devotees and detractors will likely be equally delighted by the tune. The elements Del Rey is known for — breathy, spoken vocals camouflaged by glossy, heavy production — are all there, and they’re as polarizing as ever.

The track differs from what we’ve heard on ‘Born to Die,’ however, in that it’s much more uptempo and dancey than her sleepier-sounding songs from Del Rey’s debut. The song encompasses much of the self-proclaimed “Gangsta Nancy Sinatra” that she made herself known for, as she combines hip-hop staccato vocals in her verses with crooned choruses.

The snippet is only 30 seconds long, so it’s a bit tough to get a complete feel for the song. It’s also unclear if ‘Ride or Die’ was a cast off of ‘Born to Die’ or a rough demo of an upcoming mixtape. Either way, it’s a bit of a departure for Del Rey.

Listen to Lana Del Rey, ‘Ride or Die’

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