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Exclusive: Azealia Banks Denies “Ratchet” Collaboration With Beyoncé & Lady Gaga [VIDEO/PHOTOS]


Azealia Banks isn’t just about beef people, there’s also music involved. Harlem’s “212” rapper confirmed that she’s worked with Beyoncé, and Lady Gaga. And rumor has it that it’s for the song “Ratchet.”

During an interview with New Zealand’s George FM radio station, she made an unofficial announcement. “I like working by myself, not to say I don’t like collaborating with other people but, like, I never know what to do. I can’t really absorb the vibe,” she said before stopping short, and giving an inadvertent confirmation. “I’m lying because I’ve collaborated with Lady Gaga and Beyoncé and Kanye West.”

Stories of the musical threesome have been circling the online world for a minute now, but a new report provides even a full breakdown.

From The Los Angeles Times:

Eagle-eyed fans pointed to the Instagram accounts of the two formidable pop divas as proof that a new collaboration was brewing.

The rumors started when Beyoncé  posted a set of pictures of her hoop earrings — engraved with the word “Ratchet” — on the photo-sharing website. In one, the singer rocks the chunky accessory and a fitted Houston Rockets cap on what appears to be a set of some sort.

Adding to the theory was an Instagram snap of Gaga sporting her own hoops engraved with the word. For the uninformed, “ratchet” is slang for an around-the-way girl from the hood (not to be confused with having a “ratchet” state of mind or “ratchetness,” which is unsavory behavior that’s largely unprintable).

Naturally, bamboo hoop earrings does not a single make. But Gaga spilled the beans late last year that she had finished a track by the same name featuring firecracker rapper Azealia Banks. She also told a fan via Twitter that there would be a sequel to “Telephone,” the first of two collaborations Gaga and Bey released.

A short snippet of a beat allegedly produced by Gaga collaborator DJ White Shadow surfaced online in January, and Rihanna’s name was also thrown into the mix after the singer tweeted Gaga lyrics with the hashtag of, you guessed it, “ratchet.”


Based on the evidence it looks like “Ratchet” will be a Bey, Banks, and Gaga project. Sounds like an interesting mix.

See video of Banks’ interview below.


**UPDATE: Azealia just tweeted us with her response, looks like she’s working on two different joints with Bey and Gaga. Click below to see the tweets.

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