Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig Gets Goofy on iLoveMakonnen’s ‘Down 4 So Long’ Remix
Queens rapper Despot also makes an appearance
Atlanta’s latest sing-rapping surrealist iLoveMakonnen got the rap world’s most crucial co-sign this summer in the form of Drake’s remix of his now inescapable track “Club Going Up On a Tuesday.” And after riding that wave through a number of high-caliber collaborations, he’s teamed up with another unexpected name today. Former SPIN cover star Ezra Koenig (of Vampire Weekend fame) popped up on a new remix of Makonnen’s swooning “Down 4 So Long,” alongside Queens rapper Despot. The idea of Koenig offering up a few bars in the middle of a rap tracks seems like it could be a little dicey, but his hyper-referential songwriting actually sense in the context of a Makonnen track. Come for the delicate crooning, and stick around for lines about Shmoney dancing goths and Magic! references. You can stream the track below or at Red Bull’s 20before15 website (which is incidentally the same series that put out the stunning first single from D’Angelo’s Black Messiah).