Star of Fuse’s Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce and New Orleans legend who can be heard on “Formation.” She exclusively told Fuse after the song dropped, "It was a total shocker when I got a call from Beyonce’s publicist and she said Beyoncé wanted me to get on this track. When I heard the track and the concept behind it, which was Beyoncé paying homage to her roots (New Iberia, La.), I was even more excited! It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I was beyond honored to work with the original Queen B. I think it turned out amazing too!"
Three cheers for the bulletproof producer for mashing up elements of “Can’t Get Used To Losing You,” “Turn My Swag Up” and “Maps” on the breezy “Hold Up,” and also snatching the “Spottieottiedopalicious” horns for the devastatingly lush “All Night,” both of which he co-produced and co-wrote.
The "Dirty Talk" singer/The Righteous Young frontwoman contributed to a hefty amount of the album, snagging writing credits on "Don't Hurt Yourself," "Sorry," and "Daddy Lessons," credited as Diana "Wynter" Gordon. Meanwhile, she's also listed as a co-producer on "Sorry" with Bey and Melo-X.
So the guy who allowed Jay Z to reintroduce himself ("MY NAME IS HOV") on The Black Album's "Public Service Announcement (Interlude)" just made a cathedral-crumbler with Queen Bey. It's Beyoncé's first time working with the 38-year-old production king, and it's a crazy full-circle feeling for any fan of the Carters. Few producers are as permanently intertwined with Jay Z's discography as Just Blaze, and every time he jumps on a major modern-day track (Drake's Rick Ross–featuring "Lord Knows," Kendrick Lamar's Dre–featuring "Compton") is an event.
Listed as J. Tillman—the name the Fleet Foxes alum used for nearly a decade before taking up the churchy moniker—the recently anointed indie saint is here in a writerly capacity for "Hold Up," Lemonade's second song. Tapping him for the Ezra Koenig/Diplo–produced number is interesting, considering how arch, acerbic and even antagonistic Father John Misty's public relationship to pop music has been in the year since I Love You, Honeybear thrust him into the spotlight.
(Words by Jason Lipshutz, Zach Dionne and Jeff Benjamin)
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