Congrats to Beyoncé and Jay-Z on the birth of their daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. Beyoncé reportedly gave birth Saturday at a New York hospital and has received well wishes via Twitter from friends Gwyneth Paltrow, Russell Simmons, and Rihanna. The new child comes more than 10 years into their relationship that was first exposed to their audiences through their music.
Below, Hip Hop Media Training takes a look back at some of the videos from their collaborations. The songs offer insightful foreshadowing of what was to come of their union that resulted in marriage in April 2008.
Jay-Z f/ Beyoncé
"'03 Bonnie & Clyde" (2002)
There's a scene in the video of "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" with Jay-Z and Beyoncé sitting on the bed in a hotel room, counting a Louis Vuitton bag full of money. C'est la ve. Furthermore, the top rapper and R&B singer professed their commitment to each other on their call and response chorus. Rapped Jay, "All I need in this life of sin is me and my girlfriend." Beyoncé replied, "Down to ride 'til the very end, it's me and my boyfriend." The late Tupac would have been proud of this clever interpolation of his 1996 hit "Me And My Girlfriend."
Beyoncé f/ Jay-Z
"Crazy In Love" (2003)
Beyoncé's debut single "Crazy In Love" was equally as significant for making a statement about her relationship with Jay-Z as it was for setting up the former Destiny's Child singer's solo career. Their chemistry on camera supported rumors that the two mixed business and pleasure.
Beyoncé f/ Jay-Z
"Déjà vu" (2006)
Though Jay and Beyoncé still weren't discussing their relationship with the press when they released this rhythmic 2006 collab, the couple did acknowledge their intimacy on the track. Jay rhymed, "I used to bag girls like Birkin bags, now I bag B." Before listeners could gasp at the risqué line, Beyoncé affirmed Jay's comment with, "Boy, you hurtin' that." The video, shot in New Orleans, includes even racier visuals of the "Single Ladies" singer dancing with Jay.
What's your favorite Beyoncé and Jay-Z duet?