04/12/2013 08:37 am ET Updated Jun 12, 2013

Ratchet: The Rap Insult That Became A Compliment

Last December, when Beyoncé posted a picture on Instagram wearing doorknocker earrings inscribed with the word ratchet, the Internet exploded with speculation: It would be the title of a new single; she and Lady Gaga were collaborating again; she was shaking up her image; it was the name of her next album. Fueling the fires were comments Azealia Banks made to MTV Brazil that she and Lady Gaga were working on a song called "Ratchet." Because Lady Gaga had posted a picture with earrings similar to those in the Beyoncé photograph in September, it was thought that the two megastars, and perhaps Banks, too, could be working on a follow-up to their hit single "Telephone." Eventually, Beyoncé's representative told the Cut: "There is no confirmation on any song titles."