The belly-hugging Beyonce pose that announced her pregnancy at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards has elicited jubilant reaction among fans. The royal couple of hip-hop, Beyonce and Jay-Z, announced their soon-to-be son or daughter’s arrival in much the way they have told their fans the story of their love: through performance, not interviews.
The duo has always been private: they married secretly and rarely talk publicly about each other. However, they have liberally sprinkled details of their love story into their lyrics, producing seven songs together, plus numerous solo tracks that allude to the relationship. All that’s needed next? A baby’s lullaby.
At this crucial, joyous moment in the couple’s life, here’s a look back at their relationship via a few of their hits.
When the pair first got together, they wrote a series of effusive love songs. One, Jay-Z’s “Bonnie and Clyde ‘03,” which featured Beyonce, imagined the pair as modern-day criminal partners. Key lyrics: “Put us together, how they gon' stop both us?/Whatever she lacks, I'm right over her shoulder/When I'm off track mami is keepin' me focused/So let's lock this down like it's supposed to be/ The ‘03 Bonnie and Clyde, Hov’ and B.”
Jay-Z helped Beyonce with her solo career, pushing her front, center and far beyond the success of Destiny’s Child. Her debut smash, featuring a contribution from Hova himself, was “Crazy in Love,” a wild, happy anthem to falling head over heels for someone. Key lyrics: “Got me hoping you’ll page me right now/ Your kiss got me hoping you’ll save me right now/It’s so crazy, your love’s got me lookin’/Got me lookin so crazy in love”
When frustrated with the younger Beyonce’s reticence to marry, Jay-Z expressed himself in “Lost One.” Key lyrics: “'Cause what she prefers over me, is work/And that's where we differ/So I have to give her/Free time, even if it hurts.”
When the pair did finally wed, a month after the nuptials Beyonce released “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” a warning to men that they need to propose to their single ladies. Key lyrics: “Here's a man that makes me then takes me/ And delivers me to a destiny, to infinity and beyond/ Pull me into your arms, say I'm the one you own/ If you don't, you'll be alone/ And like a ghost I’ll be gone.”
Can’t wait to hear what pending parenthood inspires them to create next.
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