As Lorde’s new single “Yellow Flicker Beat” from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” climbs the charts, the 18 year-old Kiwi singer stopped by the BBC Radio 1 Lounge to perform an unlikely song.
Taking on one of the biggest hip-hop songs of 2014, Jeremih and YG’s “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” and giving it her own Lorde-esque dark twist.
The Grammy-award winning singer who arguably has become one of the biggest names in the pop world over the past year continues to surprise audiences with her range and ability as an artist.
As excellent a singer live as she is on recorded tracks, the “Yellow Flicker Beat” singer shows us just how much fun she can have with this special BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge performance.
From her smooth rhythmic singing to her slick rapping skills to the bounce in her step as she dances during the chorus, Lorde is undeniably having a blast as she performs the summer smash hit.
“I have basically been a really big fan of this song since I first started hearing it around,” said the 18 year-old singer from New Zealand.
“I love the vocal melodies.
I think they’re really smart and just consider them cool.
It’s quite a saucy song or something and I think it would be interesting to flip the dynamic and make that power mine.” As always, everything Lorde touches turns to gold these days.
“We’ve seen the New Zealand pop star tackle nearly every genre under the sun with her brooding finesse, including the likes of Kanye West, Kings of Leon, James Blake, Bon Iver, and even The Replacements.
Here, she does the same – that is, take a previously familiar song and give it the ‘ol moody, atmospheric Lorde treatment,” reviewed Consiquence of Sound .
What do you think of the Jeremih cover? Could you see Lorde delving into deeper into hip-hop in her sophomore album? Bonus: Check out Lorde’s other performance at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge – her “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” soundtrack single “Yellow Flicker Beat!”