The Vampire Weekend member created the song in less than three minutes
The last day of the Governors Ball was cancelled yesterday (June 5) due to severe weather. Not to be deterred, Vice’s TV channel VICELAND streamed an array of segments from the would-be performers.
During one segment, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig and iLoveMakonnen improvised a new song together live on air. Koenig played the piano while Makonnen sang about giving someone choices.
iLoveMakonnen quoted Shakespeare’s “to be or not to be” for the song, whilst Queens rapper Despot and comedians Desus Nice and the Kid Mero stood by and occasionally provided some adlibs.
In December 2014, Koenig, Makonnen, and Despot released the song ‘Down 4 So Long (Remix)’, so they already have some history together.
In April, Diplo and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig shared a demo version of the song they wrote for Beyonce’s new album. ‘Hold Up’ features on ‘Lemonade’ and also includes writing credits for Father John Misty and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Both Koenig and Misty also explained their roles within the song.
Overnight an early version of the song was shared by Diplo in which Koenig’s guide vocals can be heard. Listen to a clip from the track below (via Team Vampire Weekend).
You can watch the VICELAND freestyle below.