Summer Bummer

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"Summer Bummer"
Summer Bummer (Official Single Cover) by Lana Del Rey.png
Single by Lana Del Rey featuring ASAP Rocky and Playboi Carti
from the album Lust for Life
Released July 28, 2017 (2017-07-28)
Format Digital download
Genre Hip hop[1]
Length 4:21
Lana Del Rey singles chronology
"Lust for Life"
"Summer Bummer"
"Groupie Love"
"Lust for Life"
"Summer Bummer"
"Groupie Love"
ASAP Rocky singles chronology
"Who Dat Boy"
(2017) Who Dat Boy2017
"Summer Bummer"
(2017) Summer Bummer2017
"Groupie Love"
(2017) Groupie Love2017
Playboi Carti singles chronology
(2017) Magnolia2017
"Summer Bummer"
(2017) Summer Bummer2017
"Butterfly Coupe"
(2017) Butterfly Coupe2017

"Summer Bummer" is a song by American singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey featuring American rappers ASAP Rocky and Playboi Carti featured on her fourth studio album Lust For Life. The song was released for digital download on July 12, 2017, alongside "Groupie Love" featuring ASAP Rocky, as a promotional single with the pre-order of the album, it was later sent to UK contemporary hit radio on July 28 as the album's third single. The song was written by Del Rey, Matthew Samuels, Rakim Mayers, Playboi Carti, Tyler Williams, Jahaan Sweet, and Andrew Joseph Gradwohl, Jr, with the production being handled by Boi-1da, Sweet, and Rick Nowels.[2][3]

Critical reception[edit]

Anna Gaca of Spin stated "Even as it widens—slightly—the range of her catalog, 'Summer Bummer' is best viewed as a classically Lana Del Rey set piece: a heavily stylized soundtrack for drugs, pools, and high-contrast monochromes. 'White lies'—or maybe that's, ahem, 'white lines'—'and black beaches/And blood red sangrias', she sings later, mirroring a color scheme that dates back to 'Off to the Races'. Sonically, 'Bummer' is like a trap-inspired take on Honeymoon's High by the Beach, and thematically, it doesn't go anywhere that song didn't already."[4] Pitchfork's Rebecca Haithcoat said "[Summer Bummer] is not a traditional contender for the song-of-the-summer flower crown. It's sticky, but in a dense and oppressive, not light and carefree way. Even in Del Rey's songs with a cooler temperature, there's a humidity to her voice, a thickness that slows her tongue. Listless delivery paired with such vivid description is a hallmark of her work, and here it functions as a cocoon you don't want to escape even as you feel the knife's edge of danger. ASAP Rocky and Playboi Carti's contributions feel a little unnecessary, as Del Rey has no trouble carrying a track on her own, near the end, her voice suddenly jumps an octave and, for a moment, floats sweetly atop the roiling fever dream."[5]

Frank Guan of Vulture stated "Summer Bummer is about love, but the music on 'Bummer carries with it an unprecedented charge. Boi-1da and T-Minus, A-list producers renowned for their work with Drake and other rap artists, have laced Lana with a heat-dazed, shade-cooled beat, a banger situated halfway between beach and trap. It's a track that any rapper would be proud to surf over, and Rocky knows it, delivering a calmly boastful, well-tailored verse punctuated by a choice, subdued set of A$AP affiliate Playboy Carti's ad-libs. Meanwhile Lana's voice, passionate and aching yet effortless and chill, sings to a lover free to change yet fated to accept her love. Racial subtext slips in through lines about white lines and black beaches, though the real poetic highlight is the blood-red sangrias, after years in the dark, Lana's love with hip-hop is out in the open again, and like any love, it feels as if no time has passed at all."[6] The Washington Post's Chris Richards claimed "The album's most narcotic single, Summer Bummer, is an echo of Del Rey's trademark hit, Summertime Sadness, only more evocative. Picture the singer idling around in the July heat, slowly typing out a telepathic love letter inside her skull. She's listening to the radio, and her mind is drifting between external sensation and internal desire. We hear the voices of Playboi Carti and A$AP Rocky splashing around the background—they're hip-hop in the summer, the song on the airwaves."[7]

The song was ranked the 56th best song of 2017 by Noisey.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Summer Bummer" (featuring ASAP Rocky and Playboi Carti) 4:21
Digital download – Snakehips Remix[9]
No. Title Length
1. "Summer Bummer" (featuring ASAP Rocky and Playboi Carti) (Snakehips Remix) 4:08
Digital download – Clams Casino Rework[10]
No. Title Length
1. "Summer Bummer" (featuring ASAP Rocky and Playboi Carti) (Clams Casino Remix) 4:30

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording and management
  • Recorded at Record Plant Studios (Los Angeles) and Hampstead Studios (London)
  • Mastered at Gateway Mastering
  • Published by 1Damentional Publishing (ASCAP), Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP), A$AP Rocky Music Publishing LLC/Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI), Brother Bagz Publishing/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), Jahaan Sweet Publishing Designee (BMI), Sony/ATV Music Publishing (ASCAP)
  • A$AP Rocky appears courtesy of A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records
  • Playboi Carti appears courtesy of AWGE/Interscope Records
  • Lana Del Rey – songwriter, lead vocals
  • Matthew "Boi-1da" Samuels – songwriter, producer, drums, bass
  • A$AP Rocky – songwriter, vocals
  • Playboi Carti – songwriter, vocals
  • Tyler "T-Minus" Williams – songwriter, cello, synth bass
  • Jahaan Sweet – songwriter, producer, piano
  • Andrew Joseph "Big White Beats" Gradwohl Jr. – songwriter, synthesizer
  • Rick Nowels – additional producer, synthesizer
  • Zac Rac – harpsichord
  • Kieron Menzies – engineer, mixer
  • Dean Reid – engineer, mixer
  • Trevor Yasuda – engineer
  • Hector Delgado – engineer
  • Adam Ayan – mastering engineer

Credits adapted from Lust for Life album liner notes.[11]


Chart (2017) Peak
Australia Urban (ARIA)[12] 19
Belgium Urban (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 40
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[14] 80
New Zealand Heatseekers (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 2
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[16] 86
Sweden Heatseeker (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 81
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[19] 23

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States July 12, 2017 Interscope [20]
United Kingdom July 28, 2017 Contemporary hit radio Polydor [21]
Various August 25, 2017
  • Remixes – digital download
  • streaming
  • Polydor
  • Interscope


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  5. ^ Rebecca Haithcoat (July 13, 2017). "'Summer Bummer' [ft. A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti] Review - Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
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