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'03 Bonnie And Clyde by Jay-Z
Album: Blueprint 2: The Gift And The CurseReleased: 2002Charted:
This is based on a 1996 song by Tupac called "Me And My Girlfriend." Some lyrics in the chorus came from Mariah Carey's 1999 song "How Much," which was also based on Tupac's "Me And My Girlfriend."
Bonnie and Clyde were Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. They went on a crime spree in 1932, committing several robberies and killing an estimated 13 people along the way. After a famous manhunt, they were killed by police in 1934. Their story was made into a movie in 1967 starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. The film glorified their story and created the image of Bonnie and Clyde as a romantic couple rebelling from authority.
Beyoncé sings on this with Jay-Z - it was their first collaboration. She was the most prominent member of the group Destiny's Child, and was getting ready for a solo album after a prominent role in the movie Austin Powers in Goldmember
. Kelly Rowland, her bandmate in Destiny's Child, had a huge hit when she teamed up with Nelly for the song "Dilemma
." Joining an established rap star was a great way to launch a solo career at the time, as the airways were flooded with hits featuring a male rapper doing the verses and a female singer coming in for the hook. Most of these involved either Ja Rule or Ashanti.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z were a real couple at the time, although they kept coy about their relationship. Over the next few years, they were seen in public more and more, and it became apparent that they were an item. This song marks the first clues that they are dating, as Jay declares them "the new Bobby and Whitney" (referring to the happier times of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston's love affair) and raps, "Only time we don't speak is during Sex and the City."
Most of the video was filmed in Tijuana using a real Mexican police force.
Some of Beyoncé's lyrics were taken from the Prince song "If I Was Your Girlfriend."