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Ezra Koenig And Father John Misty On How They Ended Up On Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’


Rumour has it that Beyonce approached Ezra Koenig and Father John Misty with that very same baseball bat and demanded they collaborate with her for her song “Hold Up”. That rumour is indeed very much false and shame on whoever would start such a thing. The real reason those two ended up on Lemonade is slightly less exciting, but still pretty interesting.

Let’s start with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig. He ended up on “Hold Up” because of a tweet. The story goes a little like this—Ezra was a fan of “Maps” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but thought he could change it up a bit.

So he took the song’s chorus of, “wait, they don’t love you like I love you,” and tweeted out, “hold up… they don’t love u like i love u.” That was in October 2011.

According to Ezra, it wasn’t until 2014 that he and Diplo began messing around with that hook with the idea it could be a Vampire Weekend track. Then, what started out as a tweet, turned into a possible Vampire Weekend song, became a Beyonce song. The rest is, as they say, history. Basically, next time your parents tell you to get off Twitter and stop wasting your time, show them this and tell them you’re going to end up on a Beyonce song.

Now onto one of the most interesting dudes in music, Father John Misty. And if you’re wondering why we referred to him as that, check out this series of tweets he posted to originally explain how he got involved with “Hold Up”.

So what actually happened? Well, according to the singer, a friend of his played Beyonce some of his music about a year and a half ago. Bey sent over the demo for “Hold Up”, Father John Misty went way overboard and recorded a verse, Bey left him in the dark for a while and then showed up to his Coachella set in 2015. Bing bang boom, Father John Misty ends up on Lemonade. He does however admit that he can’t take credit for some lyrics on the track.

So in the end, Beyonce saved the baseball bat for car windows and fire hydrants and these two brilliant artists ended up on Lemonade by what may seem as absolute chance. We guess it’s true what they say, “If life gives you copious amounts of musical and writing talent, make Lemonade.”