The long-rumored, but never-heard collaboration between Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga has finally arrived. “Party Nauseous” (or “PARTYNAUSEOUS” as it was once titled) dates back to 2012, and was originally recorded for K-Dot’s masterpiece good kid, m.A.A.d city. While fans were sad to see the song get cut from the final tracklist, it’s here today. And boy, it’s something else. Both megastars take turns strutting their stuff, with King Kendrick commanding the verses with pointed rhymes on race and society. Meanwhile, Mother Monster sounds more like Mother Robot on the hypnotic choruses, her vocals treated with woozy vocoder-like effects. Listen in below.
In explaining why the collaboration was left unreleased, Lady Gaga explained, “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 [on] his record. I have a very specific vision as a producer and songwriter, and I always have,” she continued. “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.”