Despite the best efforts of writer and image activist, Michaela Angela Davis, who is attempting to “Bury The Ratchet” in 2013, word on the Tweets is that Beyoncé and Lady GaGa have teamed up to keep it alive and kickin’ on a new single titled, “Ratchet,” which will appear on one of their albums this year.
The two previously released the wildly popular single, “Video Phone,” which appeared on King Bey’s I Am…Sasha Fierce, and also joined together on GaGa’s hit record, “Telephone,” from her 2009 album, Fame Monster.
When a fan asked GaGa would there be a sequel to “Telephone,” she answered in the affirmative:
Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) October 23, 2012
According to Billboard.com, rapper Azealia Banks confirmed to Brazil’s Mix TV in September that a song titled ‘Ratchet’ is complete, but that it’s in GaGa’s court when it will be released:Follow @newsoneofficial
“I worked with Lady Gaga, but I worked with Lady Gaga from afar, ” said Banks. “We worked via email and via Internet. We have a song called ‘Red Flame’ and a song called ‘Ratchet,’ but I don’t know what she’s doing with it. She’s going to release it when she wants to release it.”
Bey posted a picture of herself rocking a Houston Rockets fitted hat and “Rachet” bamboo hoop earrings to her Instagram page (@baddiebey), which quickly began to circulate in the Blackasphere. With many people questioning the new look, this new single may just explain it.
The term “ratchet” was coined by New Orleans rappper, Lil Boosie, who was acquitted of murder charges in the 2009 shooting death of 35-year-old Terry Boyd, the brother of his daughter’s mother. He continues to serve an 8-year-prison sentence on unrelated drug charges and is expected to be released in February of 2013.
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He defines ratchet as the following:
“This for my ratchet n*ggas/ This for my ratchet h*es who come out their clothes cause Lil Boosie got to go/ And I’m a ratchet n*gga but I’m a savage nigga you want to verse 10g’s and put the taxes with it/You got a ratchet city you got a pocket full of h*es with some saggy titties/ And you the sickest look my n*gga manuka he got that anadope/ They call him ratchet in that bottom cause he moved that coke
Now were big papa at you no he rackin too/ You know he take them x pills he pop them 2 by 2/ She in the club jiggin like she a classic chick she on the wall posted up you know you ratchet b*tch/ She got bout nine children but she be making fetti/ But I can’t talk about lil momma cause I got three already…”
Some prefer to simply define it as a damn shame, but potato, po-tah-to.
As previously reported by NewsOne, Davis is hoping to re-direct the spotlight to positive images of Black women in mainstream media, particularly reality television that has positioned Atlanta as the mecca of all things “ratchet.”
“…the first image that comes to mind is mean, gold-digging women. It has become completely evident that there has been a brand of women from Atlanta that are adverse to what most of these women are like.“The goal is to get the spotlight off the ratchetness and on the successful women in Atlanta.”
“Baddie Bey,” is close friends with First Lady Michelle Obama, and is considered a role model for daughters, Sasha and Malia, by President Barack Obama, who had the following to say:
“Beyoncé could not be a better role model for my girls because she carries herself with such class and poise and has so much talent.”
With such a ringing endorsement, it will be interesting to see how she spins the term ratchet into something “classy” for 2013. Who knows, it may turn out to be just the opposite of what observers are expecting.
According to Billboard, the song will likely appear on Lady GaGa’s album.