The Chicago R&B singer Jeremih’s YG/DJ Mustard collab “Don’t Tell ‘Em” is one of 2014’s great stealth hits, a smooth and wormy fuck-anthem that worked in a brilliant Snap! interpolation and hit its chart peak months after it appeared on Soundcloud. It’s maybe not the most likely song for teenage pop phenom Lorde to cover. But during a recent BBC Live Lounge cover, she called the song “saucy” and explained that she wanted to grab some of its power for herself. And she effectively remade it as a Lorde song, adapting her tics to Jeremih’s hooks as her band gave it a hazy, bloopy arrangement. During that same visit, Lorde also sang the Kanye West version of her Hunger Games soundtrack single “Yellow Flicker Beat.” Watch both performances below.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack is out 11/18 on Republic.