Jay Z and Beyoncé Join Forces On Stage in Summer Tour
By Henry Heredia
Headliners Beyoncé and Jay Z have been a couple for more than a decade, married for six years and have a two-year-old daughter named Blue Ivy Carter. Both successful in their own right, they are now preparing to go on the road together for their On The Run Tour, starting on June 25 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.
“Whatever she lacks, I’m right over her shoulder
When I’m off track mami is keepin me focused
So let’s lock this down like it’s supposed to be, ’03 Bonnie and Clyde, Hov and B” — Jay Z wrote these lyrics on his hit single “’03 Bonnie and Clyde.”
What appeared to be a smart business move by two successful artists spawned a love story, a family and the music industry’s most powerful couple, Beyoncé and Jay Z (whose real name is Shawn Carter).
The Beyoncé and Jay Z fairy tale arose out of a musical collaboration between two successful recording artists. An R&B queen and a hip-hop king, both with jet-setting lifestyles, legions of fans and multiplatinum record sales, their resulting chemistry translated into the smash single “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” for Jay Z’s Blueprint 2 album, and a budding sentimental relationship ensued.
“He’s taught me so much about being an artist,” said Beyoncé in her 2013 HBO documentary “Life is but a Dream.” “Not a musician but an artist and fighting for what I believe and having my standards. He doesn’t compromise his art. I used to be afraid of people thinking I was too difficult or too critical but I don’t care about that anymore as long as it is the right reasons, and I learned that from him.”
As they began seeing each other, Beyoncé and Jay Z remained focused on their individual careers and agreed to keep the relationship under wraps. Even with hectic schedules and worldwide touring, Jay Z and Beyoncé managed to always churn up a hit collaboration for each other’s upcoming albums.
This also meant that they would have to do promotion and stage work together, something they definitely did not mind. Even when they denied maintaining a relationship, it was in the lyrics and when they shared a stage that one could hear and see hints of chemistry and attraction. They’ve always brought out the best in each other.
“I think me marrying a musician is a coincidence. We connected because we both performed and we both had similar lifestyles. But, we connected on a spiritual level, and he just so happened to be a musician,” said Beyoncé in the 2013 HBO documentary that allowed a closer and uncensored perspective into the pop stars life.
They have been fiercely secretive about their relationship until the last few years. It seems that the birth of Blue Ivy has them feeling more comfortable with the public viewing them as a family. After the birth of their first child, Beyoncé launched her The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.
They have 10 song collaborations that span throughout their 12-year relationship. Their latest, “Part II (On the Run),” which the tour takes its name from, is on Jay Z’s 2013 “Magna Carta … Holy Grail” record and “Drunk in Love” is on Beyoncé’s self-titled 2013 project. Both received critical acclaim with “Drunk in Love” going platinum in the United States.
Their performance of the latter at the 2014 Grammy Awards will go down in history because of the raw passion, the sultriness of the performance and the genuine emotion conveyed on stage between a husband and wife. This is what can be expected on their tour, the first time the Carters tour together.
Jay Z is a master of word play and poetry, and Beyoncé has one of the most gifted, soulful voices of our generation, not to mention her incredible dance moves and the best live production in the business. They will join forces on the road this summer.
The On The Run Tour begins in Miami’s Sun Life Stadium on June 25 and will visit 16 cities across the United States and Canada until they wrap up the tour in San Francisco on Aug. 5.