Father John Misty, Ezra Koenig Discuss Contribution To Beyonce's "Lemonade"
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:03:16
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Father John Misty and Ezra Koenig have opened up about their contribution to Beyonce’s Lemonade. In a somewhat surprising move, Beyonce released her new album Lemonade this past Saturday. On it include collaborations with Jack White, James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, and The Weeknd, as well as samples from Led Zeppelin, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Outkast, and Animal Collective. Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend and Father John Misty also have writing credits on the album.
Since the release, both Koenig and J. Tillman, aka Father John Misty, have released statements about their contributions. Koenig went to Twitter to explain his part:
"2003 - yyy’s release "maps"
2011 - i think "what if it was 'hold up’ instead of 'wait’?" & tweet a tweet
2014 - i’m in the studio with dipole. i really like this one andy williams loop thing he’d been messing with. we decide to make it a song. i try to think of something to go over it. i write a hook based on the maps tweet, adding new lines/melodies. originally it was "there’s no other God above you, what a wicked way to treat the man who loves you." i figured it was going to be a vampire weekend song but was easily convinced that it could be better/go to a new place as a beyonce song.
2015/16 - lots of other stuff happens to that demo in terms of production/writing. beyonce 100% made it her own & i’m very glad to have been a part of it. of course, i made sure that YYY’s were credited. shoutout to diplo and everyone else involved !"
Meanwhile, Father John Misty published two stories about what he did on the album. One a fake tale posted to his Twitter account about his air horn dabblings that played a part in the record. And another he released in a statement about what actually happened, "About a year and half ago, my friend Emile Haynie played Beyonce some of my music, along with some tunes I’ve written for other people, back when she was looking for collaborators for the record…Pretty soon after they sent along the demo for "Hold Up", which was just like a minute of the sample and the hook. I’m pretty sure they were just looking for lyrics, but I went crazy and recorded a verse melody and refrain too that, unbelievably – when you consider how ridiculous my voice sounds on the demo – ended up making the record – right between picking up the baseball bat and decapitating the fire hydrant.
I was mostly kind of in the dark, my involvement with the record kind of ends with me just sending off the demo, it wasn’t until she came to my Coachella set in 2015 and told me personally it had made the record that I really had anything concrete with which to convince my friends that I hadn’t actually gone insane."
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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