Cheryl Cole‘s recording of “Ghetto Baby”, a cut penned by Lana Del Rey for her upcoming LP A Million Lights, surfaced back in June, and in between the knowingly dated references and sexy, detached delivery, there was no mistaking it for a Del Rey original.
Finally, today we finally get to hear the “Summertime Sadness” songbird herself on the tune as her demo popped up online. Head below to hear both versions, then let us know which artist was a more convincing ghetto baby.
First up, listen to Del Rey’s original demo, complete with her signature breathy cooing:
Lana Del Rey – “Ghetto Baby” (Demo)
And here’s Cheryl’s take, nearly identical to Lana’s performance:
Cheryl Cole – “Ghetto Baby”
Now that we’ve heard both pop stars on the track, we can safely say that Lana Del Rey is the only one who should be singing Lana Del Rey songs. Cheryl isn’t necessarily bad on her version — it just sounds like she’s doing a shameless impression of Del Rey the whole time. If she couldn’t manage to infect it with her own personality, it may as well have just stayed a Lana song.