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Father John Misty explains collaboration on Beyonce's 'Lemonade'

Father John Misty's got Queen Bey feeling air-horny on surprise album 'Lemonade'.

Ben Smith

Date published: 26th Apr 2016

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Father John Misty has revealed the story behind his appearance on Beyoncé’s latest album Lemonade.

He took a leaf out of the book of Vampire Weekend front-man Ezra Koenig, who explained his involvement with the album yesterday.

The pair join Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Diplo as well as Queen Bey herself on the album’s second track 'Hold Up', which includes a verse and refrain from the Fleet Foxes man.

Misty took to Twitter to drip feed a fake recollection of the collaboration, citing a chance encounter where Beyoncé overheard him playing air horn and invited him to join her on 'Lemonade'.


He explained to pitchfork; "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.” This resulted in the demo track of ‘Hold Up’ which Misty was encouraged to write lyrics for.

He went on to say; "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."

The album is Beyoncé's sixth solo release and is available to download now, but is streaming exclusively through Tidal.

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