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Beyoncé's 'Lemonade': 10 Key Collaborators

From Kendrick Lamar to Ezra Koenig, from Wynter Gordon to The Weeknd, check out the non-Bey keys to the new surprise album

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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!"

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INDIO, CA - APRIL 17: Diplo performs during Major Lazer onstage during day 3 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Fest
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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.

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Abel Tesfaye has been a must-have featured artist ever since House of Balloons dropped, and to hear him on a Beyoncé track—especially one that’s as empowering to women as “6 Inch”—causes a nod of approval or two.

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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.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Musician Jack White performs onstage at the 25th anniversary MusiCares 2015 Person Of The Year
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The White Stripes virtuoso and Third Man Records creator not only duets with Bey on the saucy rock-R&B mashup of "Don’t Hurt Yourself," but is a co-producer alongside the superstar.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend performs on stage during day 3 of The Governors Ball at Randall's Isla
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“Produced by Diplo, Beyoncé and Ezra Koenig” is a dream to write, but that’s how “Hold Up” is credited, and hearing the Vampire Weekend leader mold a slinky Bey track is, indeed, a dream come true.

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James Blake performs on stage during Day 3 of the Governors Ball 2014 at Randall's Island on June 8, 2014 in New York City.
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Although the soulful electronic star is notably featured on the interlude "Forward," it's also worth noting that he co-wrote the moving opener "Pray You Catch Me."

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Recording artist  Kendrick Lamar (R) recieves the award for the Best Rap Album, To Pimp A Butterfly as Ice Cube looks on onst

We won’t say anything as trite as “Aside from Beyoncé,” but… the sound of Kendrick Lamar busting out over a scorching Just Blaze beat is worth the price of admission for “Freedom.” Thanks, K. Dot.

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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.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Father John Misty attends the BRIT Awards 2016 at The O2 Arena on February 24, 2016 in London,
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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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