Father John Misty explains how he ended up on Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’

Artist is credited as co-writer on new album track 'Hold Up'

Father John Misty has explained how he came to co-write one of the songs on Beyonce‘s new album.

The solo artist is credited alongside Diplo, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig as a writer on ‘Hold Up’, the reggae-tinged second track on Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’. Yesterday Koenig explained his own involvement in the album and now Misty has followed suit.

“About a year and half ago, my friend Emile Haynie played Beyoncé some of my music, along with some tunes I’ve written for other people, back when she was looking for collaborators for the record,” he said in a statement. “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.”


He added: “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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In typically dry-witted style, Father John Misty also shared a fake story about his Beyoncé collaboration on Twitter. See that below:


‘Lemonade’ was made available exclusively through Tidal on Saturday night (April 23) after an hour-long HBO special of the same name was broadcast. The TV spectacular was made up of music videos and vignettes set to the new songs.

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The album includes the previously heard single ‘Formation’, debuted earlier this year and the song Beyoncé played at the Super Bowl alongside Coldplay, as well as 11 other new tracks.


The packed guest-list on the album includes Kendrick Lamar on ‘Freedom’, James Blake on ‘Forward’, The Weeknd on ‘6 Inch’ (which samples Animal Collective’s ‘My Girls’) and Jack White on ‘Don’t Hurt Yourself’.

‘Lemonade’ marks Beyoncé’s sixth solo album and the follow-up to 2013’s self-titled LP, which was released in a similar surprise fashion. It is available to download now but is streaming exclusively through Tidal.