Lady Gaga’s Rap Career That Almost Was

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In less than a decade, Lady Gaga rose from a go-go dancer in the downtown NYC scene to a pop icon. After turning heads around the world for her fashion, catchy tunes, and meat dress, she recorded a jazz album and with Tony Bennett and effortlessly slayed in a performance at the Oscars. While Gaga’s still a pop artist at heart, we bet you didn’t know she’s an aspiring rapper on the side. Don’t believe us? This ought to be fun.

She’s teamed with Kendrick (twice), Trina, T.I., Kanye, and even spit all on her own a few times. Bow down, Iggy.

But before you get into the proof, check Rachel Platten talking about performing with pre-fame Gaga.

  1. “Jewels & Drugs” (feat. T.I., Too $hort, Twista)

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    Status: Released on Gaga’s most recent album, Artpop.

    Best Gaga Line: “Don’t want your jewels, I want your drugs. Don’t want your money, want your love”

  2. “Let Dem Hoes Fight” by Trina

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    Status: Unreleased demo. The song was re-recorded with Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’s Kalenna Harper replacing Gaga on Trina’s Amazin’ album. Gaga still received a producer credit for the song.

    Best Gaga Line: “All of these hoes fightin’ it off, All of these bitches is pissin’ me off”

  3. “Cake Like Lady Gaga”

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    Status: DJ White Shadow released this song with an “unknown rapper” in a clearly-altered pitch. Another DJ fixed the pitch and it was revealed to be Gaga performing on the track. A short clip of Gaga lip syncing while rolling in cake was released. Oh and in case you wanted to hear her spit live…

    Best Gaga Line: “Diamond ring in your face, f**k yo’ face, trick bitch. F**k your life, trick bitch, I’m caked up and I’ll f**k your wife. F**k your life you bitch ass trick”

  4. “Chillin” by Wale

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    Status: Released on Wale’s debut album, Attention Deficit.

    Best Gaga Line: “Lookin’ at me, now they know my face, we want it all now, we got it all yesss. Look at that, look how they lookin’ at usss”

  5. “Fashion”

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    Status: Released on the Confessions of a Shopaholic soundtrack. Not to be confused with “Fashion!” off of Artpop or her Alexander McQueen tribute track “Fashion of His Love” from Born This Way. Oh and Heidi Montag covered this.

    Best Gaga Line: “J’adore Weitzman, habillez-moi. Louis, Dolce Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, et oh. Merde I love those Manolo”.

  6. “Love U Sum” by CJ Holland

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    Status: Unreleased.

    Best Gaga Line: “Domino, not Splenda made. So lick your lips and brace your tongue Get over here, you love me some”

  7. “Ribbons” *Note: This Song is About Condoms

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    Status: Unreleased.

    Best Gaga Line: “I’m not a Hallmark card expression, need material attention. Wrapped in ribbons, Richard Simmons, silly ribbons, ribbons, ribbons!”

  8. “PARTYNAUSEOUS” by Kendrick Lamar

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    Status: Unreleased. The song was due to appear on Kendrick’s good kid, m.A.A.d city album but creative differences caused the song to be dropped. Gaga revamped a solo version for her tour.

    Best Gaga Line: “Prepare, I descend from the east, my name is Lady Gaga.”

  9. “Vanity”

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    Status: Released on some international and promotional versions of The Fame.

    Best Gaga Line: “Vanity, pictures in magazines, movie screens. Vanity, mirrors and cameras, so many beauty queens.”

  10. “Glitter and Grease”

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    Status: Unreleased but an altered version was performed live on The Monster Ball Tour.

    Best Gaga Line: “Start it, pump it, wash it, bump it , rub that glitter and grease, he loves it. Me so grimy, make her shiny, there’s more glitter and grease behind it.”

  11. “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” by Kendrick Lamar (Demo)

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    Status: This version was set to be released but missed the pre-order date according to Lamar.

    Best Gaga Line: “I can feel your energy from two planets away, I got my drink I got my music I will share it, but today I’m yelling bitch don’t kill my vibe”

  12. “Make Her Say” by Kid Cudi (feat. Kanye West & Common)

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    Status: Released on Kid Cudi’s debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day. Kid Cudi and Gaga performed the song together on her Monster Ball Tour. Gaga and Kanye would have presumably done the song on their cancelled Fame Kills tour.

    Best Gaga Line: “Pa-pa-pa-poker face, pa-pa-poker face”. Sorry this was just a sample from Gaga’s acoustic recording of “Poker Face” but it definitely added a great layer to the song.

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