Her love story with Jay-Z, written in the middle of a hangover, numerous awards… Back to the tube that changed her life

By jeanne cl

– Posted on August 16, 2021 at 12:00

Discover the crazy story behind Beyoncé’s hit, “Crazy in Love”.

Beyoncé has become a real reference in the world of music and she never stops chaining successes. She even made a film Black Is King which she recently celebrated its first anniversary by unveiling two new clips. The singer first rose to prominence in the 90s with her Destiny’s Child trio of Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.. In 2003, during a break from the group, Beyoncé took the opportunity to release her first solo album Dangerously in Loveon which appears in particular its tube “Crazy in Love”. The single quickly became a huge hit and has now become a staple. But do you know that the story behind this hit is completely crazy? We tell you all about the creation of “Crazy in Love”, you might be surprised! And good news for all fans, Beyoncé has just announced her return with a new album!

A melody based on another song

Did you know ? The very catchy introduction of “Crazy in Love” is actually a sample of a song from 1970, “Are You My Woman (Tell Me So)” of the Chi-Lites. Eh yes ! Just listen to the original version.

A song written in the middle of a hangover

Whether “Crazy in Love” is one of the best-selling singles of all time, its creation was not without a hitch! Rich Harrison, who had previously worked with Destiny’s Child, produced the track. Looking for an artist to offer the sound to, he is surprised when Beyoncé calls him. “I was in the bedroom, I hadn’t really reworked the track much because sometimes you don’t want to take it out of the box until it’s ripe. People won’t take it very well and you’ll leave them with a bad taste in their mouths. In fact, it was just something I had on hold until I got the call from Beyoncé.” he explained in 2004 for MTV. Very stressed, the producer decides to drink to forget. Yeah but lo and behold, the next day Rich Harrison found himself hungover and late for his date with Queen B. That didn’t stop the star from loving the demo and hiring the producer! Pfffiou we went not far from the disaster!

Lyrics that tell his love story with Jay-Z

Rich Harrison wrote the song in just two hours! And it’s actually a quote from Beyoncé that inspired her. The latter, looking at herself in the mirror of the studio would have said: “I look so crazy right now”. If this sentence was the starting point for writing the song, Rich Harrison was inspired by the nascent love story at the time between Beyoncé and Jay-Z. The singer says that the title speaks “from the first moments of a relationship, right before you give 100%, and you are very aware of what is happening. You’re like, ‘Oh my god, I look crazy, I’m doing things I never thought I’d do.’ But you do them anyway, because you fall more and more in love. Until becoming Crazy In Love”. Jay-Y has thus placed a verse on a song that talks about him. Is it strange? It’s up to you to decide!

Many prizes

“Crazy in Love” immediately became a huge hit and would take Beyoncé’s career to another level. The music video that accompanies the song won three awards at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards: “Best Female Video,” “Best R’n’B Video,” and “Best Choreography.” The title, meanwhile, won the prize for “best r’n’b song” as well as that of “best rap/singing collaboration” at the 46th Grammy Awards. But that’s not all ! It topped the charts in the US and UK and climbed into the top 10 charts in many countries. And as if that weren’t enough, the British magazine NME named it “best title of the decade”. Just that.

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