"Yayo" is a song written by Lana Del Rey. The first known recording of the track was on No Kung Fu, and was later re-recorded in 2008 for her first EP, Kill Kill. The same version of the track found on Kill Kill was re-released on her first album, Lana Del Ray. The final release of the track appears as track number seven on her third EP, and second major-label release, Paradise.
Background and writing Edit
"Yayo" was first officially released on October 21, 2008, on Del Rey's first studio EP and commercial release, Kill Kill, when Del Rey still used the stage name Lizzy Grant. It was again released commercially on January 4, 2010, as part of Del Rey's first studio album, Lana Del Ray, under the name Lana Del Ray, both of these releases have since been taken down from all music services.
The final and most well-known version of "Yayo" was officially released on November 9, 2012, as part of Del Rey's third studio EP, Paradise. It is the only song from Del Rey's first studio album Lana Del Ray that has been officially re-recorded and re-released.
During 2016 Del Rey stated various times that "Yayo" is about somebody who was a very good friend of hers years ago while she was living in New Jersey.
Live performances Edit
During the early days of her career when she went by the name Lizzy Grant, Del Rey performed the song live a total of nine known times, but very likely more. The first known performance of "Yayo" was June 14, 2007, at Union Pool in New York City. During 2016, Del Rey performed "Yayo" for the first known time since 2009 at the TW Classic Festival on July 9, as part of her Festival Tour. Del Rey continued to perform the song acoustically on guitar for the remaining dates of the Festival Tour. During 2017 Del Rey performed the song at the South by Southwest festival on March 19.
- The word "yayo" also appears in "Florida Kilos" and "Breaking My Heart".
- Drugs are a common theme in Del Rey's songs, and "yayo" is a street name for cocaine.
- "Yayo" in Spanish means grandfather or either old person, and it could be a reference to "daddy" and "daddy" is very common in Del Rey's songs.
- References to trailer parks are also found in "Backfire" and "Dangerous Girl", amongst many other songs by Del Rey.
- Someone on a "black motorcycle" is talked about in "Strangelove".
Music video Edit
|Director||Lana Del Rey|
Background and description Edit
Del Rey created a homemade music video for the song in 2008, it featured clips of Del Rey herself and clips she gathered from miscellaneous films and videos, the usual style of her old music videos. It was posted to Jimmy Gnecco's Facebook wall in 2009.
Official versions Edit
Four different of versions"Yayo" were included on No Kung Fu, Kill Kill, Lana Del Ray, Paradise, and an acoustic demo of the song leaked on a different occasion making a total of five different official full versions of "Yayo". On June 13, 2016, four snippets of Del Rey performing the song live with the band The Rich Whores leaked through Instagram.
- Paradise version – 5:21
- Lana Del Ray version – 5:42
- Kill Kill version – 5:47
- No Kung Fu version – 4:18
- Acoustic demo version – 5:10
- Paradise version instrumental – 5:15
Paradise version Edit
Lana Del Ray/Kill Kill version Edit
No Kung Fu versionEdit
- Written by Lana Del Rey.
- Published By: EMI. Vocals: Lana Del Rey.
- Produced by Dan Heath & Emile Haynie.
- Vocal engineer: Graham Archer.
- Strings & Keys: Dan Heath.
- Drums & Additional Keys: Emile Haynie.
- Mixed by Jeremy Cochise Ball.
- Mastered by John Davis at Metropolis Mastering, London.
- Recorded at Sarm Studios, London, UK.
- Mixed at The Bridget Studio, Buffalo, NY, USA.
Charts (Paradise version)Edit
|Chart (2012)|| Peak|
- ↑ https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwj34-jf0_XOAhVKKJQKHQLnBgkQjRwIBw&url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2Fdelreyrares%2Fstatus%2F578652814500589568&bvm=bv.131783435,d.dGo&psig=AFQjCNE4vLs_R6WIuT4KulW-OoYw98If2g&ust=1473076494763418
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4iHGeGmjJI
- ↑ http://www.lescharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Lana+Del+Rey&titel=Yayo&cat=s