Released 20 years ago today in May of 2003, “Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé ft. JAY Z is one of the most iconic and influential songs of the 21st century. The song was an instant hit, topping the charts in over 20 countries and becoming the best-selling single of 2003. It was also nominated for two Grammy Awards, winning one for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
The song’s success can be attributed to a number of factors. First, the song is simply a great piece of music. The catchy beat, the infectious melody, and the powerful vocals are all top-notch. Second, the song’s release coincided with the rise of Beyoncé as a global superstar. She was already a well-known figure in the music industry, but “Crazy In Love” helped to cement her status as one of the biggest stars in the world.
Third, the song’s music video was a cultural phenomenon. Directed by Jake Nava, the video was stylish and edgy, and it featured Beyoncé and JAY Z dancing and flirting in a variety of locations. The video was a huge hit on MTV and helped to make “Crazy In Love” one of the most recognizable songs of all time.
“Crazy In Love” is more than just a great song. It is a cultural phenomenon that has had a lasting impact on the music industry and popular culture. The song’s success helped to launch Beyoncé’s solo career and it continues to be a beloved favorite by fans around the world.
The signature horn riff in “Crazy In Love” was inspired by the Chi-Lites’ 1970 song “Are You My Woman (Tell Me So),” and was originally added by producer Rich Harrison as a placeholder until Beyoncé could come up with a melody for the chorus. However, Beyoncé loved the horn riff and decided to keep it as a prominent feature in the song.
About the Artist
Beyoncé, born Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter in 1981 in Houston, Texas, is a singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child, one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. She launched her solo career in 2003 with the release of her debut album, “Dangerously in Love,” which included the hit single “Crazy In Love” featuring JAY Z.
JAY Z, born Shawn Corey Carter in 1969 in Brooklyn, New York, is a rapper, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He is one of the most successful and acclaimed rappers of all time, with numerous hit songs and albums to his name. JAY Z and Beyoncé have been married since 2008 and have collaborated on several songs throughout their careers.