When Jay first met Beyoncé, Dame was like ‘You should wife her, she’s the one.’ There was a time in Paris when they sent us 'Bonnie & Clyde.’ Dame and I were at the Plaza Athénée and they sent us that song. It was the final [cut] and when we heard that song Dame looked at me and said 'Yo, he’s in love.’ So if y'all know Jay, a lot of times everything comes out in music. When he does interviews he’s a little more reluctant to speak about certain things. But it always comes out in his albums; so at that time when 'Bonnie & Clyde’ came out we knew he was in love with Beyoncé.

Kareem ‘Biggs’ Burke during a BET interview, when asked by a fan “When Jay started dating Beyoncé did you see significant change in him, or did he keep it gangsta around his boy?”

“’03 Bonnie & Clyde” was recorded in August 2002.


bey’s reaction to chance singing her happy birthday at made in america

Jay-Z with Joy, Jaz-O and Easy L.B., members of the short-lived Marcy Projects rap group High Potent, photographed in Brooklyn circa-1987. Their 1986 single “H.P. Gets Busy” features the first appearance of a 17-year old Jay-Z on wax.

The gold rope chains were both owned by Hov, purchased through his successful drug-dealing endeavors. You may recognize the chains from the back cover of Jaz-O and Hov’s 1989 single “Hawaiian Sophie.”