Kendrick Lamar

Before Kendrick Lamar released his masterful smart-rap opus Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City last month, much of the scuttlebutt around it revolved around a collaboration with his buddy Lady Gaga, reportedly titled “PartyNauseous.” And when the album actually did drop, sans “PartyNauseous,” the rumor was that Gaga actually appeared uncredited on the chorus of “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.” That rumor turned out to be false; singer Anna Wise was the voice on the song. Gaga had originally planned to be on it, but she turned in her version of the song too late for the album’s deadline. And now that we can actually hear her version, I have to say that it’s fucking great that she’s not on it. She would’ve absolutely killed my vibe.

As Pitchfork points out, Complex reports that Gaga’s version simply wasn’t on time. And now Gaga has Tweeted a video with her version of the song, and it’s all mannered and theater-kid in a way that seriously takes attention away from its thoughtful drift. I wouldn’t be shocked if the whole vocals-in-late story was just someone in Kendrick’s camp being polite, that they actively decided not to use her version for the good of the album. Whatever happened, it’s good that things worked out the way they did. Here’s Gaga’s version:

Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City is out now on TDE/Interscope, and it’s fucking amazing.

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    • I generally really like Gaga, but her delivery on that version is so attention-grabby flowery, like the work of somebody who expects to be the center of attention of every room she walks into. That’s a good way for Gaga to feel! But it doesn’t work for a song like this, where the chorus needs to just gently wash in.

    • I agree with Tom. This lacks the subtlety that makes the original work so well, and it’s just plain awful.

  2. Bitch killed his vibe.

  3. Anyone thinks she sounds congested on this?

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