The concept of this Throwback Thursday is to delve into the artists that Lana Del Rey credits as her “influences”. Her sound is distinctly her. The words she spits are as original as Nicki Minaj and she is nothing if not her own entity.
One of the things Lana Del Rey says is that her muses are the biggest in “their fields.” Amy Winehouse was the modern soulstress of the twenty first century. There is a distinct tie in between the two of them. Both of them play off this bad girl image of drugs and sex. Beneath all of it there's still this beautiful quality.
Rapper Eminem has been credited as her inspiration to write about real life. The hip hop sounds she incorporates clearly demonstrate her tie to this kind of opulent sound. On occasion she's rapped a few lines herself like on “Off To The Races”. How she feels about Eminem after he rapped over an innocuous beat “I'll punch Lana Del Rey right in the face, twice like Ray Rice.”
Eminem always a proponent for women.
Britney Spears is the legend that the hipster population of the United States most actively avoid. Lana Del Rey embraces her. That's clear with the easy pop sensibility of all of Lana's music. Her music clings as good as “...Baby One More Time” did for Britney in '99. It's all about the hooks and who better to garner inspiration from then Miss Britney Spears.
All Lana would need is to change her sentimental strings to joyless electronic noise to hit the top 40. Take the “Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)” as proof.