Lady Gaga took to Twitter Wednesday night and leaked a track from her reported collaboration with Kendrick Lamar. This version of “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” features Gaga singing the chorus on the good kid, m.A.A.d city standout, whereas on the album it’s mostly Lamar’s voice you hear.
Lamar previously described “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” as his “Lady Gaga record” and previewed this collaboration during a listening session in September. However, deadlines and clearances prevented the track from making good kid, m.A.A.d city. Lamar explained to MTV, “That situation was a deadline situation. We had to meet these pre-orders. I was frustrated about it. My team was frustrated about it, but at the same time, we had to move forward.”
Gaga and Lamar also recorded a track entitled “Partynausous”, but that was also cut from the album. In a letter posted on her website, Gaga cited a disagreement with Lamar’s record label as the reason for the decision. “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,” Gaga added. “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.”