Hear Kendrick Lamar & Lady Gaga's Long-Lost Collab "Partynauseous"
By now it’s common knowledge that Kendrick Lamar and pop megastar Lady Gaga linked for good kid, m.A.A.d city cut “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe,” recording a version that was ultimately left on the cutting room floor but has since made it’s way to every corner of the internet. But “Vibe,” apparently, wasn’t the end of their collaborations, and now a new song has surfaced featuring both Lamar and Gaga, a dreamy number that features lots of the artpop femme fatale.
With a bedrock-breaking beat that’s right in step with other heavies on GKMC, the track sees Kendrick sussing out the feeling of having such a good time that things ultimately feel terrible. Partying till one’s nauseated and dealing the regret of a thrills reduced to pangs. Things get even deeper when Kdot wades into Blood/Crip territory, dishing out lines like “I see red flag / I see blue flag / I pick a color then make sure I don’t give you a pass.”
Billboard reports that portions of “Partynauseous” were played by Gaga during her 2014 ARTPOP tour. With two stillborn collaborations between Lamar and Gaga now leaked, one might think that some bad blood simmers between the two. That, however, isn’t the case; according to a message posted by Gaga around the time of GKMC’ release:
I apologize to the fans that this situation with Partynausous 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. -L
But enough talk–the track has arrived. Listen to “Partynauseous” below.