"Ghetto Baby" is a song by Cheryl Cole releasedfrom her album A Million Lights, which was officially released on June 15, 2012. The song was written by Lana Del Rey, Roy Kerr and Anu Pillai of Kid Gloves in 2011. Del Rey's demo version of the song leaked on August 8, 2012.
Cheryl Cole confirmed Del Rey would be writing for her album in May 2012. According to Cole, the song was composed prior to the success of "Video Games". On May 28, Cole teased the track by sharing the lyrics "I'm not a trick boy I'm a trick for you,you give me butterflies heart skipping 1,2 I know your sick boy I wanna get the flu...(sic) I'm running temperatures thinking of your love boo.." and adding the hashtag #ghettobaby. The song bares close resemblance to "Match Made In Heaven".
The song was well recieved on Cole's album, but some critics noted that Cole sounded too much like Del Rey's demo on the track and lacked individuality.
- Many lyrics are also found in the song "Match Made in Heaven".
- References to butterflies can be found in "Butterflies" and "Butterflies Pt. 2".
- A rockstar is mentioned in many songs, such as "Is It Wrong?" and "Big Bad Wolf".
- The lyric "crying tears of gold" appears in "Ultraviolence".
- The lyric "when he's bad, he's bad, but when he's good no one's better" is a paraphrased version of Mae West's famous quote "when I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm better", from the 1933 film "I'm No Angel"
- "Show me what you got" is referenced in many songs, such as "Caught You Boy".
- "Texaco" is a gas station chain, which is potentially a reference to "Queen of the Gas Station".
Cheryl Cole version
Lana Del Rey version
- Cheryl Cole – lead vocals, background vocals
- Lana Del Rey – songwriter
- Roy Kerr – songwriter
- Anu Pillai – songwriter
- Kid Gloves – producer, vocal producer
- Mike Marsh – mastering
- Naweed – mastering