In Lana Del Rey’s new video for “National Anthem”, she portrays both Marilyn Monroe and Jackie O. (former First Lady of the United States). JFK is portrayed by rap artist A$AP Rocky.
If you’re not yet familiar with Lana Del Rey, it’s probably time to familiarize yourself. She’s been captivating the world with her vintage vocals for over a year now while pegging herself, the ‘Gangster Nancy Sinatra’.
Earlier today, she got the internet buzzing when she released a cinematic new video for her track “National Anthem” that features rapper A$AP Rocky. In the video, Lana takes on the role as JFK’s mistress Marilyn Monroe who sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to the president. As the video continues, she plays Jackie O, while A$AP takes on the role as a modern day John F. Kennedy. The 7 minute video details their time together all the way up until that fateful day in Dallas when JFK was shot.
There are so many ways Lana Del Rey’s new video – an interracial concept can be interpreted. In having a black man play the former president, Lana could be making a statement about JFK’s legacy as a Civil Rights supporter leading up until his demise. Or it could be a statement about interracial love making people uncomfortable in the 60′s but it would be much more acceptable in the White House in this day and age.
Here’s what the two artists had to say about the video. Also check out the video clip below:
Lana Del Rey: Every so often, I top what I’ve done, and this video is definitely the most beautiful thing I’ve ever done. I wrote a treatment for me and A$AP Rocky, because I just thought he’d be really perfect to star in it. … I love it.”
A$AP Rocky: I play JFK, she plays Jackie O. Some cool, trippy sh-t, some really 2015 sh-t. People gonna get it in like three years, and that’s the whole purpose of it.”