18 June 2018
Beyonce and Jay Z made art at the Louvre and we’re going “Apeshit.”
The Carters, the name they chose to release their collaboration under, surprised us this weekend when they dropped an entire album together titled Everything Is Love. The couple had been lowkey preparing us for a joint work but we expected nothing like this.
The entire album is exclusively on Tidal and “Apeshit” already has a music video.
For “Apeshit,” Beyonce and Jay Z take over The Louvre with its famous paintings to sing about their accomplishments; simultaneously making art among some of the world’s most famous pieces while at reducing that same art into mere backgrounds for their words and movements.
The Carters are in pastel plush suits; Beyonce is in charge the majority of the time with Jay Z supporting her from the back until he starts his verse where he takes the screen in front of “The Raft of the Medusa” by Théodore Géricault. Many other works are highlighted while the camera tries to emphasize black people in the white-dominated museum. Beyonce dances in front of marble white statues, namely the famous armless Venus de Milo and “The Winged Victory of Samothrace” where she’s dressed in an ample white dress.
“Apeshit” was co-produced by Pharell Williams and emphasizes Jay Z’s rapping about white-dominace over the arts world, like the Grammys and how he refused to perform at the Super Bowl. Beyonce joins with the chorus “I can’t believe we made it.”
One of the world’s most prominent couples and musical talents of our times, the two end the video with “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world”, Leonardo DeVinci’s “Monalisa,” which is seen a lot throughout the video.