Justin Vernon’s involvement on the song stemmed from being approached by West directly. West first got into contact with Vernon when he directly phoned him, with the intention of sampling his song “Woods.” The two talked on the phone for about 40 minutes, where West explained some of the concepts for the project, and invited him down to his studio in Hawaii. West is a big admirer of Bon Iver’s album For Emma, Forever Ago, and was impressed with Vernon’s unique use of AutoTune. The two artists became friends while playing games of basketball together, and West introduced him to Jeff Bhasker, one of his main producers.
Along with Justin Vernon, Charlie Wilson harmonizes in the background here
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