This was the first musical collaboration between Beyoncé and Jay-Z. She was the most prominent member of the group Destiny's Child and was getting ready for a solo album after playing Foxxy Cleopatra in the movie Austin Powers in Goldmember
. Kelly Rowland became the first member of Destiny's Child to have a hit outside the group when she teamed up with Nelly for the song "Dilemma
," which went to #1 in August 2002. "'03 Bonnie And Clyde" reached its chart peak of #4 in December 2002 (yes, "'03 Bonnie And Clyde" was actually released in '02).
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.