America’s hit-making power couple Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Beyoncé Knowles celebrated three years of wedded bliss yesterday (April 4). Wow, how time flies.
It seems just like yesterday when rumors of the pair dating begin to filter into the media – and also their constant denial of that fact. The lovebirds’ romance began in 2002, blossoming into a 2008 wedding that was as low key as their dating days. RapFix takes a look back at the couple’s arc of love and all of the beautiful music they’ve made and continue to make together.
2002 – On Jay’s seventh album The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse, the single “03 Bonnie & Clyde” featured vocals from the former Destiny’s Child lead singer. With her group on hiatus, Beyoncé’s inclusion on the song not only marked her turn has a force to be reckoned with but also fueled the rumors that Jay and Bey were an item.
2003 – With Beyoncé prepping to release her solo album debut – which to date has sold 11 Million copies worldwide – the lead single “Dangerously In Love” launched Beyoncé to superstar levels but it was also Jay-Z’s inclusion on the rap portion of the song that had people continually speculating if the song was an exact depiction of their romance or just happenstance.
2004 – At a party for departing Def Jam boss Lyor Cohen, Jay-Z got caught up in the moment apparently and announced his plans to marry Beyoncé. “You've been one of the best friends I could have had apart from this woman beside me (Beyoncé), who I love and who I will marry very soon,” said the rapper in a touching moment.
2005 – Still resistant to discuss their relationship in the media, the two stars were paparazzi targets and several photos of their vacations and outings surfaced on tabloids and gossip blogs everywhere. Remaining unusually tight-lipped, they never looked less than happy to be together in the flicks.
2006 – With the release of her second solo album B’Dday, Beyoncé enlisted the services of her beau for the lead single “Déjà Vu” and also on the track “Upgrade U.” That same year, Time magazine named them the Most Powerful Couple in their 100 Most Influential people issue. Beyoncé also appeared on the track “Hollywood” off Jay’s Kingdom Come LP.
2007 – On Jay-Z’s ambitious tenth studio album and his first concept piece American Gangster, he and Beyoncé worked together again on the moody track “Pray” – one of the early standouts on the record.
2008 –On April 4, they made it official. The pair married in Jay-Z’s Tribeca apartment and was reported by US magazine to be a small gathering of their famous pals such as Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, and singer Chris Martin.
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