After Beyoncé posted two photos of her hoop earrings — engraved with the word “Ratchet” — on Instagram at the end of December, rumors of an upcoming single started swirling with a Lady Gaga and Harlemite Azealia Banks collab.
On Dec. 30, Bey posted a photo in which she rocks “Ratchet” bamboo earrings and a Houston Rockets fitted, repping her hometown. A camera, which hints at a video set, is just barely visible to her left in the photo. The day before (Dec. 29), Bey posted a photo of the earrings alongside a pair of purple printed flats.
Gaga, who rocked her own “Ratchet” hoops on Instagram in November, revealed in an October web chat that she had finished a song of the same name, featuring Azealia Banks. Either that song or another track, “Tea,” will likely be released in January as the lead single from Gaga’s upcoming album, “ARTPOP,” the singer revealed on her fansite, LittleMonsters.com.
Banks told Brazil’s Mix TV in September, “I worked with Lady Gaga, but I worked with Lady Gaga from afar. 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.”