Arrow Benjamin And Kevin Cossom Talk “Freedom” And “Daddy Lessons” Collaborations On ‘Lemonade’

Rachel Sonis | April 28, 2016 6:03 pm

 It’s Beyoncé’s world, and we’re all just living in it.

Today, singer-songwriters Arrow Benjamin and Kevin Cossom sat down with Pitchfork and Billboard respectively to talk about how “Freedom” and “Daddy Lessons” came to life.

In Benjamin’s case, the UK singer-songwriter was actually already working with Bey on their Naughty Boy-produced track “Runnin'” when the idea for “Freedom” came about.

“The team that I was working with, we were just constantly trying to create more and more music from our hearts, and we started working on ‘Freedom,'” said Benjamin in his interview with Pitchfork. “It was still quite early stages. We played a little bit to her, and she loved it. She was like, ‘Let’s finish this together.’ So we did that. It was just the most amazing experience.”

For Kevin Cossom, the fruition of the country bop “Daddy Lessons” started in his Miami apartment with just a laptop, a guitar, Wynter Gordon and Alex Delicata.

“Wynter just wanted to do something from scratch,” said Cossom in his Billboard interview. “I called over a good friend of mine, Alex Delicata, who is also co-producer and writer. He played the guitar, wrote it and we pretty much pressed record on the laptop and sang it down — harmonies, stomping and clapping, and that was the vibe…Wynter wanted to take it to Bey. She wanted to keep it just as organic, as simple as possible. That situation was an awesome session as far as us being free, open and organic and not being contrived to what we think radio is looking for.”

He continued, “It took two years for me to know [Beyoncé] liked it.  I even did a record called ‘All Eyes On You’ by Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill and Chris Brown. I wrote the chorus for it and even that was a two-year-old record. Sometimes, it’s timing. It’s bigger than us. All we can do is to continue to record and be as good as we can be. Everything will fall into place when it’s supposed to.”

Read the full Pitchfork interview with Arrow Benjamin here, as well as the Billboard interview with Kevin Cossom here.

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