Published May 21, 2015The music world is still reeling from the brilliance of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, but now we can take a trip into the superstar rapper's past by hearing a newly unearthed studio outtake featuring Lady Gaga.
"Partynauseous" was originally supposed to appear on 2012's good kid, m.A.A.d city, but it was scrapped. It has now emerged online, and it features Lady Gaga's processed-sounding vocal hook intercut with Lamar's verses that touch on racist violence and gang colours. Gaga also does a brief spoken, pseudo-rap breakdown.
A few years ago, Gaga issued the following statement about the song:
I apologize to the fans that this situation with "Partynauseous" is confusing. To it clear it up I must explain this. When I collaborate with an artist i work solely with them, not with their camps or management. Its purely organic and creative. I love Kendrick dearly as a friend, but was not willing to compromise musically to the changes his team was making to my music. This is why I am not his record. I have a very specific vision as a producer and songwriter, and I always have. That song will be released at a different time, for a different project. I love you, and think you should check out his stuff because he is truly great. He's a good kid, its just sometimes a mad city. -LG
This isn't the first scrapped collaboration between Lamar and Gaga that we've heard. There's also a version of "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" that features her on the hook.
Listen to "Partynauseous" below.