As the late Marilyn Monroe, portrayed by Lana Del Rey, coquettishly sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy, no one expected a braids-wearing, dark-skinned Harlemite to come from the shadows. As we’ve come to realize from Lana’s past videos, she likes doing things her way; so, if she wants A$AP Rocky to portray JFK, Rocky will portray JFK.
Throughout the grainy short film, LDR, now portraying Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (Jackie O), and Rocky reenacted their interpretation of the Kennedys. The two filled the video with chemistry and passion, captivating and puzzling viewers (at the same damn time). Did she choose Rocky to portray JFK to reference President Obama? If so, is she insinuating the POTUS, though wealthy and lovable, only drinks lots of Brandy and play dice with friends in the White House? The questions are never-ending.
Disregarding the pairing of superficial lyrics and the story of the Kennedys, the old-school Hollywood aesthetics added a level of emotion only Lana could supply. Her dialogue during the portion of the video depicting that tragic day in November of 1963 is award-worthy.
And I remember when I met him, it was so clear that he was the only one for me. We both knew, right away. And as the years went on, things got more difficult, and we were faced with more challenges. I begged him to stay… try to remember what we had in the beginning (?). He was charismatic, magnetic, electric, and everybody knew it. When he walked in, everyone’s head turned–everyone stood up to talk to him. He was like this hybrid, this mix of a man who couldn’t contain himself. I always got the sense that: he became torn between being a good person and missing out on all of the opportunities that life could offer a man as magnificent as him. And in that way, I understood him. And I loved him, I loved him, I loved him, I loved him…