For a few weeks over summer, Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga had us all waiting—for better or for worse—for a surprising collaboration—one that would marry authentic grassroots-made hip-hop with the pinnacle of contemporary pop music.
At first we were anticipating “Partynauseous,” but later it was revealed that another record entitled “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” would serve as the Lamar/Gaga collaboration on the Compton rapper’s major label debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city. However, what the Fame Monster calls managerial differences put its foot down on the prospect and the aforementioned single eventually appeared on Kendrick’s widely acclaimed LP without Gaga’s vocals.
Been dying to know what their original recording sounded like? Well, tonight’s your lucky night (not like that), as the Mother Monster herself has shared the audio on Twitter for all to stream. This alternate version hears the Born This Way singer crooning on the chorus, so it isn’t all that different from the album cut we enjoy today, but it does offer an interesting new flavor to the overall sound.
Maybe it’s because I was raised on that soul-sampling Kanye West College Dropout-era hip-hop (don’t judge me, I’m a ’90s baby!), but I prefer to tell bitches not to kill my vibe without the help of Ms. Gaga. Feel free to leave your own two cents in the comments section below.