Lost & Found: Tracks From Nas And Frank Ocean, Lady Gaga And Kendrick Lamar

Two mystery tracks have been uncovered this week and fans rejoice. Nas‘ record with Frank Ocean, which was once was believed to be lost forever, has been recovered. Meanwhile, an anticipated Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar collaboration that was once D.O.A. has found a life online. 

In early October Lady Gaga, who worked with Kendrick Lamar for his debut album, explained why she would not appear on the rising rapper’s set, in particular one song called “Partynausous.”

“I apologize to the fans that this situation with ‘Partynausous’ is confusing,” she wrote. “To clear it up I must explain this. When I collaborate with an artist I work solely with them, not with their camps or management. It’s 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.”

Kendrick’s album, which was released October 22, was a critical and commercial success (It sold an astounding 241,000 units in its first week). While Gaga did not appear on the album, she released the original version of the song “B**** Don’t Kill My Vibe” to her Twitter followers on Wednesday (November 7).

“We feel bad about killing your vibe,” she tweeted, “so here’s the demo you never got to hear.” [Check out the song here]

Gaga fans are not the only ones who are happy to know that a collaboration has not been lost forever. A song by Nas and Frank Ocean, which was believed to be lost for good, has been recovered.

Producer Hit-Boy, who had previously said he had no way to recover the song, confirmed that he found the music via Twitter, on Thursday (November 8). 

“It’s a miracle. @RickyAnderson found the infamous blue drive with the vocals from the Nas/frank ocean pro tools session and many more hits,” Hit-Boy tweeted.

Ocean offered some lines to the lost song, titled “No Such Thing as White Jesus,” in an interview with the New York Times, that was published back in July.  

“Whatever you do, young king, don’t wind up dead/ Young queen, cross your legs/ Put a crown on your head and remove the chains/ ’Cause even diamond chains are for slaves/ Don’t set foot in no penitentiary/ And don’t taste the poison/ Don’t you bail on your families”

Fans of Ocean and Nas may have had their prayers answered as it’s surely only a matter of time before they too will get to hear another dream collabo. –Erik Parker, CBS Local


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