As Beyoncé’s Lemonade album creates a buzz for all possible reasons, it’s important to know who was behind the exceptional body of work.
Right after the album was dropped by surprise on Saturday (April 23), the credits rolled in.
They include some expected names and some weirdly surprising ones.
The-Dream, who’s produced and written grammy-award-winning songs for both Beyoncé and Jay-Z, was recruited to help write “6-inch” which features the award-magnet from Canada, The Weeknd.
No surprises there.
Soulja Boy, however, surprisingly appears in the credits, meaning he could actually win a Grammy if the track “Hold Up” gets the prestigious accolade. He is credited under his birth name Deandre Way for words picked from his joint, “Turn My Swag On.”
Lemonade… Hold up 🍋
— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) April 25, 2016
Outkast’s Andre 3000 and Big Boi are on the list for the Aquemini cut “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” that the track “All Night” utilizes.
Just Blaze is listed due to his co-production effort on “Freedom” which features Kendrick Lamar. Blaze produced Lamar’s “Compton” which featured Dr. Dre and he’s a staple Jay-Z producer.
Hit-Boy, who doesn’t get as much acclaim as he deserves, helped make the beat for “Sorry”. He has worked with Beyoncé before – check out his beat-making process for “Bow Down” here.
No doubt it takes a large group of people to put out a great album. Ask Kanye West.