This day in Black history: Jay-Z releases chart-topping “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” ft. Beyoncé

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“You ready B?”

Twenty years ago on October 10, 2002, Jay-Z teamed up with his then-girlfriend, now-wife, Beyoncé KnowlesCarter, to release one of the most iconic hits in hip-hop history.

“‘03 Bonnie & Clyde” landed at number four on Hov’s 3x Multi-Platinum RIAA-certified seventh studio album, The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse. The hit single notched a top five spot on the Billboard chart and went on to become certified Gold.

With writing and producing credits from Jay, Kanye West and Tupac, the song sampled the beat from and was inspired by Pac’s 1996 single, “Me and My Girlfriend.” Jay-Z and Beyoncé pay homage to Tupac with a mural of the late rapper’s face during a scene of the music video.

The close-to-five-minute visual features the duo in a modern take of the infamous real-life criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The cop-and-robber short was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards but lost to Missy Elliott‘s “Work It.”

In celebration of the song’s 15-year anniversary in 2017, Beyoncé posted a few throwback clips of the iconic video.

“I can’t believe its been 15years since Bonnie and Clyde 🙏🏽 You ready 😊🙏🏾? Lets go get em❤💛💙💜💚,” she wrote in the captions, referencing some of the song’s lyrics.

“’03 Bonnie & Clyde” marked the first official collaboration between Hov and B and the start of their romantic relationship. The couple is now married and share three children: 10-year-old Blue Ivy and five-year-old twins, Rumi and Sir.

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