Back in 2011, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig tweeted, “hold up…they don’t love u like I love u,” referring to a lyric in the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Maps” where Karen O sings, “Wait, they don’t love you like I love you.” Five years later, his revamped lyric is now featured on Beyoncé‘s “Hold Up” off her just-released visual album Lemonade.
Koenig confirmed his involvement in a Monday tweet, where he wrote that he was in the studio with Diplo — who, along with Koenig, received a writing credit on “Hold Up” — in 2014 when he decided to expand that tweet into a song. “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 Beyoncé song,” he said.
He went on to say that “lots of other other stuff” happened to the track in terms of production and writing after the initial studio session. “Beyoncé 100% made it her own & I’m very glad to have been a part of it,” he said.
See Koenig’s tweets below.