Vampire Weekend Singer Tweeted Lyric From ‘Lemonade’ Five Years Ago
UPDATE (4/25): Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig has since offered a succinct timeline of how his altering a Yeah Yeah Yeahs lyric (and the subsequent tweeting of that line) led to a LEMONADE collaboration with Beyonce.
He explains that three years after tweeting “hold up...they don't love u like i love u,” he found himself in the studio with Diplo when Koenig started writing a hook around his “Maps” tweet. It included the line, “There’s no other God above you / What a wicked way to treat the man who loves you,” which was ultimately altered for Beyonce’s “Hold Up.”
While Koenig initially intended the track to be fully fleshed out as a Vampire Weekend song, he was eventually convinced to send it to Beyonce, who he says “100% made it her own.” Read his full explanation, and hear a snippet from the demo, below.
Five years ago, Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig tweeted, "Hold up... they don't love you like I love you." If you've watched/listened to Beyonce's Lemonade — and if you haven't, what's the holdup? — the line may sound familiar: Bey sings it word for word on the album's second track "Hold Up."
As pointed out by FADER, while the writing credits for the song includes the Yeah Yeah Yeahs — the indie-rock band whose 2003 hit "Maps" features the lyric "Wait, they don't love you like I love you," and likely inspired Koenig's original tweet — they also include Koenig as a collaborative writer and producer for "Hold Up."
On April 24, a day after the premiere of Lemonade, the singer-songwriter and guitarist referenced his October 21, 2011 tweet by replying to it with the second line of the chorus of Beyonce's track: "Slow down... They don't love you like I love you."
With the tweet serving as a public reminder of his five-year-old post, many began wondering if the artist had simply received a credit on "Hold Up" because Beyonce had utilized his microblog as fodder for her lyrics. But according to Koenig himself, "it's deeper than that."
In response to Mashable questioning the latter on Twitter, the musician implied that his involvement on the song may have been more collaborative than just acting as fleeting lyrical inspiration:
Fair enough, Ezra, fair enough.
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