Apparently, Koenig was riffing on the “Maps” line “Wait, they don’t love you like I love you” back in 2011, and replaced the word “wait” with “hold up.” A few years later, he though of the old tweet while in the studio with Diplo. The melody inspired a whole new hook: “There’s no other God above you / what a wicked way to treat a man who loves you.” If you’re well-versed in Koenig’s musings on faith and devotion from 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City, you know what a prototypical Vampire Weekend lyric this is. But priorities change. Koenig decided to send it along to Beyoncé and noted she made it “100% her own.”
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Vampire Weekend has promised a new album is on the way. Could Diplo pop up in the credits for that one, too? Vampire Weekend was extremely self-sufficient on its earlier recordings, but since using an outside producer (Ariel Rechtshaid) for the first time on Modern Vampires, Ezra and company appear to be much more open to working with outside collaborators. They’ve even hinted that former member Rostam Batmanglij (formerly their primary producer) could contribute to the new record.