If you’re living under a rock (or you were pretty busy), the Carters (Beyonce and Jay Z) are in Jamaica! With their “On The Run 2” Tour dates drawing near, they’ve decided to hop on a Plane and pass through “Jamrock” to get some things done. Word is they’re shooting a video, and you know fans from all over are trying to get some camera time with Queen Bey and Jigga. While they’re no stranger to the Island, we’d like to highlight 5 times Jamaica has been a part of their careers. If no island vibes nuh inna it, it nah go nice! Check them out below!
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1. One of Beyonce’s biggest singles, “Run The World (Girls)“, sampled Dancehall.
Beyonce’s 2011 single was the anthem for Women Empowerment worldwide, and off the album, “4“. Produced by The-Dream, Switch, and Shea Taylor, the single sampled “Pon De Floor“, a collaborative effort between Major Lazer and Dancehall Icon Vybz Kartel. Beyonce’s single went on to become one of her biggest ones to date, and gave the “World Boss” some writing credit too.
2. Jay Z has rapped over a few Dancehall/Reggae samples.
Jay Z’s from Brooklyn, New York, an area that is heavily populated by Caribbean folks. He must have some sort of Jamaican influence in his songs, right? He has thrown some patois in the lyrics, but singles like “On To The Next One” off his “Magna Carter…Holy Grail” album borrowed a piece of Cutty Rank’s infamous intro off his 1992 single, “A Who Seh Me Dun“. Other samples include Max Romeo’s “Chase The Devil“, which was featured on “Lucifer“, the late John Holt’s “I Will” on “Encore“, Sizzla’s “Solid As A Rock” on “Crown“, and Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam” and Jacob Miller’s “Tenement Yard” on “Bam“. Big up the Producers involved.
3. They’ve both performed in Jamaica.
While their performances are long overdue here, both Beyonce and Jay Z have been billed to perform at Reggae Sumfest. Jay Z was the first to hit the stage in 2000 while on a high with hits like “Big Pimpin’” and “Hard Knock Life“. Beyonce on the other hand started her solo career, but performed in 2003 with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams as Destiny’s Child. It was revealed some time later that their performance inspired the group to record another album after announcing a hiatus the year prior. If only the “On The Run Tour” had a stop in Jamaica…
4. They have been influenced by the Jamaican music culture, and worked with some Artists.
The Jamaican influence is real, and it has spread far and wide. Jay Z’s from New York, which has a strong Jamaican presence there, so bits of patois can be found in a few of his songs over the years (you’ll find them). He has also worked with Sean Paul, Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Vybz Kartel and Wayne Marshall (through a Dancehall remix of “Frontin’“), remixed Mavado’s “On The Rock“, and rapped over samples as previously mentioned.
Beyonce has also found herself being influenced by the culture. The “Dutty Wine” became a part of her dance routines for quite some time including at Super Bowl XLVII’s halftime show in 2013. She has also worked with Sean Paul on “Baby Boy” (even though there were rumors that Sean was moving in on her and Jay wasn’t having that), Mr. Vegas on “Standing On The Sun (Remix)“, and her single “Hold Up” had some Reggae/Dancehall influence.
Fashion wise, they both have worn their share of Bob Marley/Jamaica/Rasta influenced clothing over the years. The Beyhive might have those photos in their archives.
5. Jay Z has shot videos here.
While they’re on the island shooting something for the “On The Run 2” Tour, we remember that Jay Z made headlines for being on the Island last year to shoot the visual for “Bam“. What some may or may not remember that his visual for “Feelin’ It” was shot in Negril. The single was featured on his debut album, “Reasonable Doubt“. Check it out below.