Beyoncé track Hold Up started life as tweet
Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig has revealed his songwriting credit on Beyoncé's song 'Hold Up' from her new LP 'Lemonade' started out life as a Twitter post
Beyoncé's song 'Hold Up' started life as a tweet made by Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend.
The 32-year-old musician has explained how he came to get a writing credit on the 'Formation' singer's new visual album 'Lemonade'.
Sharing the unusual story of how his name appeared in the tracklisting, Ezra has made a new Twitter post revealing how an idea he had to change a lyric in the Yeah Yeah Yeahs song 'Maps' from "wait" to "hold up" in 2011 started a chain of events which led to him working with Diplo on a potential Vampire Weekend song which and eventually went to Beyoncé.
His post read: "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 Diplo. 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.
"2015/2016 - lots of other stuff happens to that demo in terms of production/writing. I'm sure that YYY's were credited. shout out to Diplo and everyone involved ! (sic)"
Although it seems to be a complicated songwriting process, Ezra says it's just reflective of the modern way music is made.
He added on the social media site: "It's not that complicated - but some ppl are confused so here's the short version ... songs become tweets, tweets become songs - it's the way of the world (sic)"