R. Kelly’s sordid past made its way back into the news cycle, thanks to the premiere of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly. The conversation surrounding the "Pied Piper of R&B" (ew) has been productive at its best and nauseating at its worst. If you’re one of the people who still believes in Kellz, here’s a few reasons why you’re dead wrong.1. R. Kelly’s Relationship With Aaliyah Has Always Been MurkyThe truth about R. Kelly’s relationship with Aaliyah was probably buried with her. Outside of a shoddy copy of a marriage license, the pair made sure their bond appeared innocent on the surface.A 1994 feature story in Vibe magazine detailed some of the confusion. Kelly originally agreed to speak with the magazine for the piece, but backed out at the last minute after consulting with his legal team. Jamie Brown, former editor-in-chief of Sister 2 Sister, remained skeptical regarding the nature of their relationship, despite the insistence of a platonic relationship.“I’ve been hearing about Robert and Aaliyah for a while — that she was pregnant,” Brown said at the time. “Or that she was coming and going in and out of his house. People would see her walking his dog, 12 Play, with her baseball cap and sunglasses on. Every time I asked the label, they said it was platonic. But I kept hearing complaints from people about her being in the studio with all those men. At 15, you have all those hormones and no brain attached to them.”Dame Dash, who was in a relationship with Aaliyah at the time of her death, has said her relationship with Kelly became strained over time. However, he was never able to convince her to tell him why and what exactly happened.“I remember Aaliyah trying to talk about it, and she couldn’t. She would just leave it at ‘that dude was a bad man.’ I’ve been tight about this s**t for years,” he told Kenyatta, “The Hip Hop Motivator,” in an interview. Jay-Z’s decision to work with Kelly also contributed to their fractured relationship."So, to me, Roc-a-Fella was defunct. It was over. I couldn't f**k with it. It was something that, to me — I don't wanna say 'unforgivable,' but I couldn't understand it,” Dash said.2. The "Pee Tape" Trial Wasn't the First Time Kelly's Sexual Deviance Landed Him in Legal TroubleTiffany Hawkins and Tracey Sampson sued the “Bump n' Grind” singer in 1996 and 2001, respectively. Both women accused Kelly of having sex with them while they were underage, according to a 2002 piece from The Chicago Sun-Times.Hawkins claimed Kelly convinced her to drop out of school to pursue a music career when she was 15 years old. Kelly became sexually involved with her shortly after, according to court papers. One of Hawkins' friends told The Sun-Times they had a threesome with Kelly when they were underage.Sampson said she was forced to perform sex acts with Kelly and other girls.“During my relationship with Robert Kelly, I lost my virginity to him,” Sampson stated in her lawsuit, the Sun-Times reports. “I was lied to by him. I was coerced into receiving oral sex from a girl I did not want to have sex with. I was often treated as his personal sex object and cast aside. He would tell me to come to his studio and have sex with him then tell me to go. He often tried to control every aspect of my life including who I would see and where I would go.”He eventually settled with both women out of court.3. Kelly Wasn’t Acquitted Because He Was Found InnocentAfter an anonymous source sent the now-infamous "pee tape" to journalist Jim DeRogatis, who covered R. Kelly for almost 20 years, he broke the story to the public and turned the tape in to the police. Kelly’s legal team tried to force the journalist to reveal his sources, but DeRogatis refused, citing his First and Fifth Amendment rights. He was advised not to speak because viewing the tape — even for reporting purposes — would act as an acknowledgment of child porn, according to WBEZ. DeRogatis responded similarly to all other questions from Kelly's lawyers.“I respectfully decline to answer the question on the advice of counsel, on the grounds that to do so would contravene the reporter’s privilege, the special witness doctrine, my rights under the Illinois Constitution, and the First and Fifth amendments of the United States Constitution,” DeRogatis said in his testimony.“Thanks; that’s exactly what we wanted you to do,” defense attorney Ed Genson replied.Additionally, though many witnesses were able to identify both parties in the video as Kelly and the alleged victim, jurors were unable to do so without a reasonable doubt.Kelly explained the decision in his memoir.“My lawyer broke it all down, explaining why the jury found me ‘not guilty.’ The prosecution’s ‘star’ or ‘surprise’ witnesses never took the stand, including the woman that the prosecution believed to be the woman in the tape, in spite of her deposition to the contrary. The Chicago Sun-Times reporter, Jim DeRogatis, who broke the story and was the first to receive the supposed sex tape, took the Fifth and refused to testify. Instead, jurors had to rely on testimonies of ‘con men and hustlers.’”4. R. Kelly’s Publicist Quit Because He Acted Inappropriately Toward Her DaughterWhen Kelly's former publicist Regina Daniels severed ties with the R&B singer in 2007, she was vague regarding the reason why, stating the singer "crossed a line" without elaborating further. Her husband George later spilled the tea, according to MTV News.“He crossed the line with my daughter. It didn’t get to the extreme of that [sex tape] video or else I wouldn’t be here, if you know what I’m talking about,” George said in 2008. “The reason that I’m talking about this, it’s not just for me, it’s not for my wife, it’s not for my daughter, but it’s for other fathers and mothers because it doesn’t have to be a superstar, it could be the dude on the corner. There are guys who sit around and give your child a couple of bucks to go to school and then wait until they get a little older, then they set that trap.”George and Regina's daughter Maxine also confirmed the relationship, which happened when she was 21 and Kelly was in his early 40s.“My stepmother and father didn't know about my relationship with the singer because I knew and he knew that they wouldn't approve,” she told
The Sun-Times. “So I tried to keep it a secret, but when my stepmother found out about our relationship, she resigned because she felt that Rob had 'crossed the line' by dating a girl that he has known since she was [seven] years old.”5. R. Kelly Threatened to Sue BET If They Re-aired His Infamous Interview With TouréDuring a 2008 interview for BET with journalist Touré, the writer and producer behind “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number” gave a shocking answer when asked if he "liked teenage girls."
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Touré revealed this was the second time Kelly had a chance to answer the question, in May 2018 piece for Rolling Stone.“Early on in the interview, Kelly had defined underage girls as below 13, and dismissed the idea that he was interested in anyone that young. I realized that I had to take a different approach, but I wasn’t yet sure what to do. I asked him, 'Do you like underage girls?' It was an easy, direct question. Surely he’d say no. His crisis manager jumped up, trying to shoot down the question, but Kelly stopped him and said he wanted to answer it. The crisis manager sat back down, and we started again. But this time, remembering how he’d defined underage as pre-teen, I changed the question. ‘Do you like teenage girls?’ I asked.”In an April 2018 Facebook post, Touré claimed Kelly threatened to sue BET if the clip was ever re-aired.“The interview aired once on BET, and then Robert’s people demanded that it not re-air or they’d sue. On what grounds I have no idea,” he wrote. “BET immediately caved and consented to never air it again. Even though the ratings on that first airing were massive. I know the internet never forgets and it feels like the infinite library holding everything ever but my interview with Rob isn’t on the web except for this small part.”Touré also addressed Kelly’s nickname of "Pied Piper" during the interview, and how Kelly’s answer foreshadowed his post-interview behavior.“Later in the interview, I asked him about being called the Pied Piper, a bizarre nickname for someone widely accused of slash known to luring children away,” Touré continued. “I asked him if he can promise his fans this would never happen again. I meant the debacle around him and sexual impropriety with young girls. He said, testily, “Oh yeah, *this* interview will never happen again.”Hopefully, 2019 will be the year R. Kelly is muted forever.Blavitize your inbox! Join our daily newsletter for fresh stories and breaking news.Now, check these out:R. Kelly Is Reportedly Working On A Website Titled 'Surviving Lies' To Discredit His Accusers'Surviving R. Kelly' Viewers Are Questioning Why Charlamagne Tha God Was Included In The DocuseriesDear Black Girl: You Aren't Fast, The World Is Just Moving...
Since being released from prison in April, Philadelphia-born rapper Meek Mill has been unstoppable. The "All Eyes on You" musician has been using his incarceration to increase awareness about the backward nature of the criminal justice system and the plights faced by incarcerated individuals. On Friday, Meek released his comeback album Championships, which includes features from fellow rappers Jay-Z and Drake.Fans of Drake and Mill remember that not too long ago, the two were involved in a feud, exchanging diss tracks along the way. Since then, the two have mended ways and have teamed up to create the "Going Bad" track. Back when he and Drake were still feuding, Meek recalled an awkward interaction he faced while on a double date with then-girlfriend Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Meek talking about when he was on a double date with Jay and Bey and Drake’s “Back To Back” came on the playlist 😂 #CRWN
pic.twitter.com/2ycXlH5anY— Word On Road (@WordOnRd) December 3, 2018Mill spoke with Elliot Wilson for Tidal's CRWN series, recalling how uncomfortable the date became when Jigga, who was at the helm of the playlist, started playing Drake's victory lap of a diss track "Back to Back.""It was my first time. I was hype as s**t. I was with Nicki and s**t. I’m from the hood. Hov and Beyoncé like, 'come and eat with us.' I'm like damn, I’m about to double date with Hov and Beyoncé right now. This s**t is incredible," he reminisced. "So Hov got the playlist. He clicking through s**t. He clicking through, 'Back to Back' come on by mistake while we at the table. I'm like oh s**t. What the f**k? So Beyoncé and Hov and Nicki, everybody just looking like they don’t know what the f**k is going on. I gotta take a s**t now. What the f**k?"Mill didn't specify when the date occurred, but "Back to Back" was first released in 2015. Thankfully, fans of the two no longer have to pick sides, as Drake and Mill have made it very clear the two are back in each other's good graces. Blavitize your inbox! Join our daily newsletter for fresh stories and breaking news.Now, check these out:Jay-Z Clarifies References To Kanye West In New Meek Mill SongDon Lemon Literally Could Not Stop Cracking Up On Live TV After Watching An 'Awkward' ClipTekashi 6ix9ine Gets 'G-Checked' By Crips, Leading To A Quick...
If you are ever in Paris, swing by the Louvre Museum to take a tour based on Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s “Apes**t” music video.The famed fine art museum is advertising a 90-minute self-guided tour that begins at the Winged Victory of Samothrace and ends at the "Portrait of a Black Woman" painting.The museum also posted a handy guide of the 17 pieces of artwork featured in the music video on its website. Featured pieces include the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo statue and the Sphinx of Tanis.Beyoncé and Jay-Z filmed the music video in May, about a month before the release of their joint album Everything Is Love.“The deadlines were very tight, but the Louvre was quickly convinced because the synopsis showed a real attachment to the museum and its beloved artworks,” a museum spokesperson said in June.Liking this content? Check these out:5 Tea Spilling Moments You May Have Missed On Beyoncé And Jay-Z's 'Everything Is Love'Apparently, 'Apes**t’ Began As A Migos Demo. Now That The Track Has Been Leaked, Folks Can't Stop Hitting Rewind.This Is How Bey And Jay Convinced The Louvre To Let Them Shoot 'Apesh*t' In Its Exclusive...
Jay-Z requested a halt on a trademark lawsuit against him until some Black arbitrators are included in the mix.The “On to the Next One” rapper is currently in a legal battle with Iconix, the company who bought his clothing line Rocawear in 2007, according to Page Six. Iconix sued Jay-Z last year when they discovered the Roc logo on a line of baseball caps. They argue the deal Hov signed with Major League Baseball is a breach of their licensing agreement.The case is pending, and both parties agreed to settle in arbitration to avoid going to court, according to TMZ. When Jay-Z saw the list of arbitrators from the American Arbitration Association (AAA), he was bothered by a lack of diversity.“The AAA’s lack of African-American arbitrators came as a surprise to [Carter], in part because of AAA’s advertising touting its diversity,” legal documents read.“He was confronted with a stark reality: he could not identify a single African-American arbitrator on the ‘Large and Complex Cases’ roster, composed of hundreds of arbitrators, that had the background and experience to preside over the arbitration,” the suit continued.The AAA eventually tracked down six people of color including three Black arbitrators, but one could not participate because he is a partner at a law firm representing Iconix.Neither party commented on the lawsuit.Now, check these out:A Special Olympics Football Coach Told A Black Autistic Player To Wear A Confederate Flag Hat And Show It To His MomBlack Man Handcuffed While Police Searched His Bags After Being Falsely Accused Of Stealing From Finish LineMeek Mill Pens Powerful New York Times...
A Tennessee man minding his business and rapping a verse from Jay-Z's song "99 Problems" had some real problems when officers abruptly came to his door.On November 9, Davon Eddington was drinking a beer and talking to his brother on the phone in his Spring Hill-area backyard. The two began discussing LeBron James when Eddington's brother accused him of being a bandwagon fan. In response to his brother's allegation, Eddington joked, "I got 99 problems, but a b***h ain't one," the hook from rapper Jay-Z's 2004 hit "99 Problems."Thinking that Eddington was abusing his fiancé, a neighbor immediately phoned the police, and moments later officers appeared at Eddington's door with guns drawn. His fiancée was upstairs taking a bath. Speaking with TMZ, Eddington recalls the officers immediately recognizing their mistake, realizing that Eddington was on the phone the entire time. "He was like, 'we apologize. It seems like you've been swatted.'"According to 911.gov, swatting is "false reporting an emergency to public safety by a person for the intent of getting a ('SWAT team') response to a location where no emergency exists."Recently, Eddington said his dog went missing, only to later turn up in that same neighbor’s yard.Eddington has never met his neighbor, so he cannot imagine why these issues have been occurring. When asked, Eddington guessed, "Maybe he doesn’t want me in the neighborhood."Now, check these out:Police Officer Orders Black Woman To Leave Dunkin' Donuts After Dispute Over Free Wi-FiThis 20-Year-Old Claims The NYPD Is Harassing Him After He Accused Officers Of Planting Weed On HimJada Pinkett Smith Says She Was Once Called A 'N****r B***h' By Virginia...
Beyoncé might be the most popular, beloved entertainer of our time, but we can't help but notice the countless times her eldest daughter Blue Ivy managed to upstage her. As Elle points out, the young Carter girl has stolen our attention every time she steps out with her super famous parents. She has IT. Not only is Blue Ivy hilarious, but she's also already been featured on both of her parents' albums. Tina Knowles Lawson, who recently revealed she is married thanks to Blue, is always here for gushing about her grandchild, noting the 6-year-old has had the performance bug "since birth."Naturally, everyone is positing that Blue will be following in Bey's footsteps, but Miss Tina says her granddaughter "hasn't decided yet."Hmm, Blue has already informed the world she's never seen a ceiling in her whole life. If Bey is the top of the game, wouldn't she be the ceiling?Don't worry about that, though, because Blue isn't letting anyone place limits or labels on her just yet, okay?“Whatever she wants to do, she will definitely be able to do it because she’s good at a lot of things,” Knowles Lawson told Us Weekly. That part.Liking this content? Check these out: 9 Times Blue Ivy Was A Young Comedy QueenThe Internet Is Imagining Blue Ivy Already Has A Chart-Topping Album And The Titles Of Her Singles Have Us WeakJay Z Reminds Blue Ivy That Just Because We Have Money Doesn't Mean You Buy A $19,000 Piece Of...
Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland decided to insert a little Black history into their Halloween.The former Destiny’s Child members posted pictures of themselves in costume with their husbands. The Carters dressed up as track and field stars Florence Joyner and Tommie Smith. View this post on Instagram
A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Nov 1, 2018 at 2:04am PDTFloJo broke the world record for the 100-meter in 1988 when she finished in 10.49 minutes at the Olympic trials, according to The New York Times. She still holds that record. Joyner was known for her flamboyant custom outfits and iconic long acrylic fingernails. She retired after the 1988 Olympics. FloJo died of an epileptic seizure in 1998.September 21, 1998 — Olympic Gold Medalist Florence Griffith Joyner passed away on this day at age 38. pic.twitter.com/osJ950sIaf— MoorInfo (@MoorInformation) September 21, 2018Smith and fellow runner John Carlos paved the way for activist-athletes like Colin Kaepernick during the 1968 Olympic Games. The pair threw up the Black Power fist when the national anthem played during the during the medal ceremony.“It was my cry for freedom,” Smith told NBC Sports in early October. “The racist tendencies of America had to be shown in some fact. And this was the athletes’ platform to show the need to continue.”Smith and Carlos experienced fierce backlash for their actions.“The boos were about as profound as the silence was when we raised our fists and bowed our heads in prayer,” Smith recalled.Kelly Rowland and husband Tim Weatherspoon also evoked Black Power for their costumes. View this post on Instagram
SAY IT LOUD!! ✊🏾Black Panther Proud ✊🏾 HAPPY HALLOWEENA post shared by Kelly Rowland (@kellyrowland) on Oct 31, 2018 at 10:07pm PDTWeatherspoon dressed as Huey Newton, while Rowland’s outfit gave us Angela Davis tease.We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism. We must destroy both racism and capitalism ~ Huey P. Newtown pic.twitter.com/D3buSqMq4G— Kunta ♊ Mphahlele 🇿🇦 (@Cano_wane) May 11, 2017Rowland doesn’t shy away from her Blackness. Last Wednesday, a few internet trolls accused the “Motivation” singer of bleaching her skin, and she was not here for it, according to People Magazine. In a now-deleted Instagram post, she let them know she was proud of her complexion.“Don’t go saying stupid stuff like that,” she said. “You ever thought that it could be the lighting? I am still chocolate, forever chocolate, proud to be chocolate, shoutout to all my chocolate girls.”Liking this content? Check these out:9 Celebrity Halloween Costumes That Could Do No WrongGirl Who Marveled At Michelle Obama's Portrait In Viral Photo Adorably Recreated The Look For HalloweenAs A Victim Of Domestic Abuse, My Story Is Proof That Protecting Black Women's Lives Requires Real...
Beyoncé and Jay-Z have risen their way to the level of the music-industry elite by continuing to raise the bar high. The work that they put out individually and together have both solidified not only the strength of their relationship as husband and wife, but their power and influence as artists and brands.Since the on-brand surprise release of Everything Is Love, fans worldwide have gotten the chance to see an elevated Beyoncé and Jay-Z. We've seen them redefine rollouts, reimagine promotion (or lack thereof), but most importantly, the Carters have reinvented themselves artistically, and the On The Run II tour has been a beautiful live-telling of their stories pre- and post-nuptials.Their latest work is a nine-track open book that scribes their journey both in and out of the public eye. What makes Everything Is Love so great beyond its candidness and wide-eyed gaze into the world of the legendary double glow-up is its musicality. Mr. and Mrs. Carter exchange bars and quips on every song, incorporating jazzy brass instrumentals while also taking us back to hip-hop's roots, with raw productions that leave us dazzled and dizzy and vocals only Beyoncé herself could provide.Fans were definitely spoiled and teased with the music video for “Apes**t”, which was one of the most powerful visual statements both Beyoncé and Jay-Z have ever made in their careers. But some of us (read: me) can't help but feel like, with such an iconic album of brilliantly laid tracks, why aren’t there more music videos from it?Not to fear — some of us in the Hive (read: me) have gone as far as imagining a few possible video concepts for each song on Everything Is Love, sans “Apes**t,” of course. So Bey and Jay, if you're reading this — it is not too late! 👀1.) "Summer”Source: YouTube |Universal Music Group
The album walks us right into the Cool & Dre production, with snares sharp and rhythmic, vocals soulful and airy and bars poetic and edgy. If there's any scene that comes vividly to the brain, it's that of a smoke-filled speakeasy, with songbird Bey crooning about her desire to "drown in the depths of you." The focus, in the form of a spotlight, remains on Bey, as she focuses on a lax Jay-Z. He' sits poised in the back of the dimly-lit room at the bar, casually sipping Wray & Nephew rum. Surprise — they're in Jamaica.Though the room is filled with sounds of hips swaying, only a few bodies that are sprinkled about the room follow the vocal lead in movement. Others are paralyzed by the music, only willing to nod their heads along with the beat as they pay special attention to the singer.2.) “Boss”Source: YouTube | Universal Music GroupBey returns to lead this track, which is for sure a calm flex. Continuing the HBeyCU theme, this video would feature a storyline about Beyoncé as the college dance team captain and Jay-Z the school rebel, following them as they geared up for a homecoming game.The video would take us all across campus life, as t the Carters engaged in typical student activities like going to class, taking exams, dining hall rendezvous and dorm parties. The main event, the homecoming game, would take place on a large football field, with coveted BΔK Greek lettering at its center.The ending horn section would usher us in a dance break by Bey and her crew, followed by some bonus bars by Mr. Carter himself.3.) “Nice”
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The light and rhythmic sounds of “Nice” gives the track a vibe that’s equal parts swag and class. So naturally, this video would be all about flossing. The corresponding visuals would consist of high-fashion brands and vibrant colors, with a set design that’s similar to the one used in Bey’s “Upgrade U.” Perhaps legendary video director Hype Williams would be willing to take this project on.4.) “713”Source: YouTube | Universal Music GroupThe Snoop and Dr. Dre-inspired track recalls the laid back OG vibes that came with West Coast rap. The signature keys make their way from the 213 (Los Angeles’ area code) to the 713 (Houston’s area code), where Beyoncé fiercely reps her hometown. It would be cool for the video to blend the elements of hip-hop culture that make the West Coast and South so distinctly unique. Shot in black and white, as Bey sings "ain't no way to stop this love; ain't no space if everything is love," images of the couple in these locations would appear juxtaposed with b-roll of other notable hip-hop and R&B artists from these regions. 5.) “Friends”
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This trap ballad serves as an ode to the deep history of the well-established and tight-knit connections the Carters have made, and its lyrical seriousness would be illustrated via its visuals. Exclusive footage of Beyoncé and Jay-Z would play in a montage, to give us a look into their private, invite-only soirées.With shots of flowing champagne, celebrities and decadent jewelry galore, this video would showcase black excellence within the entertainment industry. It would be powerful to have a scene with Beyoncé and Jay-Z in a room filled with some of their most famous friends at a black-tie event — from Diddy, to Oprah, to Ava DuVernay. The camera could provide piecemeal glimpses of the star-studded space, while jumping between imagery designed to signify opulence and wealth.6.) “Heard About Us”Source: YouTube | Universal Music GroupAs this video opens, viewers would see a bird's-eye view of a Porsche convertible, as it cruised down an empty Pacific Coast Highway. Cameras would then zoom in, capturing Beyoncé's luscious, golden locks gleaming in the California sun from the passenger’s seat. With Jay in the driver's seat, a smiling Bey extends her arms to greet rays of sunshine, creating a sense of nostalgia for their previous “03 Bonnie & Clyde” music video. Visuals would follow the theme of high-brow California living, featuring lavish beach homes, private shores, all-white attire, private jets and so on.7.) “Black Effect”Source: YouTube | Universal Music GroupThis anthemic melody would take us right back to Jamaica, highlighting aspects of the island’s rich culture, while also putting a face to the mysterious voice heard defining unconditional love at the start of the track.On the run and isolated from the world, viewers would get a very intimate look at Bey and Jay in their pursuit of freedom. Viewers would witness as Bey and Jay riding the infamous motorcycle adorned with the skull of a long-horned bull — the same bike used in promotional materials for the On The Run II tour that pays homage to the 1973 Senegalese film Touki Bouki. As they outrun police and wind through dirt-filled roads and back alleys, Jay would brag about how he's "good on any MLK Boulevard," and cameras would continue to follow the fictionalized story of their lives as outlaws.8.) “LoveHappy”Source: YouTube | Universal Music GroupThough candid in its lyrical content, the execution of “LoveHappy” still offers up a playful banter. Bey and Jay’s way of going toe-to-toe on the track is structured just like a rap battle, and the production has the street edge that only classic East Coast hip-hop can deliver.As the birthplace of both Jay-Z and hip-hop itself, this video would be set in New York City on the rooftop of a Brooklyn apartment complex. Visual metaphors for the varying levels of chaos that can plague any major city and ultimately threaten the community’s prosperity as a whole would be juxtaposed against imagery surrounding the domestic turbulence that can negatively impact a small family unit. Though the final resolve for any conflict featured in this video would remain ambiguous, the audience would be reminded of beauty’s potential to still blossom in the aftermath of destruction, as footage would depict the Carter’s initiating a celebration in the streets.It's safe to say that fans of the Carters have been spoiled by their past visual albums; the artistry behind their lyrics is only further enhanced by the carefully crafted cinematic imagery. Although demanding a complete video anthology to accompany the album's release may seem presumptuous, Bey and Jay are accustomed to setting the bar high, defying expectations and making their own rules. That said, we may never get these videos — but one can...
Bey Day 2018 has come and gone. On Tuesday, other artists, fans and family alike all honored the musician on her birthday, while the Everything Is Love star celebrated turning 37 with radiant looks in Italy.Beyoncé celebrating her birthday in Italy 💗 pic.twitter.com/vokLjdKbGw— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) September 6, 2018Bey wasn't too busy soaking up the Tuscan sun to miss all of the tributes, however, and took some time herself to reflect on her 36th year. It was one filled with many significant moments, including the birth of her twins Sir and Rumi, that epic Coachella performance, her first official duo album with her husband Jay-Z and more.Beyoncé shares birthday letter to fans 🎂 https://t.co/ZoVJN8DywS
(via @beyonce) pic.twitter.com/Y0MZ158uv0— Complex (@Complex) September 6, 2018 View this post on Instagram
At 36, I became a new mother of 3. I breastfed twins. I renewed my vows with my husband of ten years. I came back home to the stage to do Coachella, after pregnancy. Then my husband and I released our album together, Everything Is Love. And we’ve been touring with our family around the world, and loving it. This year has been monumental for me. I thank God for everyone in my life. Thank you for all the positivity and for the beautiful birthday wishes. I’m looking forward to continuing to learn from my past, living in the present, and surrendering to the future. I love you, Hive. B
A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Sep 6, 2018 at 8:19am PDT"This year has been monumental for me," the singer wrote on her Instagram and on her website. "I thank God for everyone in my life. Thank you for all the positivity and for the beautiful birthday wishes. I’m looking forward to continuing to learn from my past, living in the present and surrendering to the future."She ended the caption with special love to the Hive, which we're sure made them go:Speaking of the Hive, they all got in formation to marvel at all of the accomplishments the singer managed to achieve in just 365 days. Look at everything she’s achieved in the space of one year 😨 Bey deserves all the accolades 🙌🏾 https://t.co/9OUiolRq7r— GRACE (@GraceWMarie_) September 6, 2018all facts. all tea. pic.twitter.com/Dw5lor5pg6— 𝕥𝕣𝕖𝕟𝕥. (@ttrxntt) September 4, 2018Bow down, b***hes.Beyoncé was serving looks all year while prepping for Coachella, recording Everything Is Love, prepping for the tour and then touring and we never saw 90% of these looks not even grainy paparazzi photos. I'm mad but HER MIND!— AGUSTIN (@agustinxbey) September 6, 2018"I love you, Hive." 😭💕 https://t.co/oN4AUAZmCN— ♦♠♥♣LunarSkye♣♥♠♦ (@LunarSkye) September 6, 2018Bey loves the Hive. The Hive loves Bey. Period.Liking this content? Check these out: Tina Knowles Lawson Posts The Most Adorable Photo Of Baby Beyoncé As Universe Celebrates 37th Bey DayLet's Give Blue Ivy A Hand For Hilariously Pranking Tina Knowles Lawson On Beyoncé's BirthdayBeyoncé Left All Her F**ks At Home For The OTR II Tour And We're Enjoying Every Second Of...
Outside of being one of the baddest entertainers in the universe, Beyoncé is also known for her poised and polished nature. But during Queen Bey's second On The Run tour, it's become apparent that there's a general dearth of f**ks being given. We're not sure if it's the twins or getting older or being able to fully enjoy the second tour with her husband, but we are here for it. In honor of the 37th Bey day, we've compiled some clips from the On The Run II tour to help us all appreciate what happens when Beyoncé lives her best life.So nice seeing Beyoncé having fun. She’s worked so hard for so long, and is such a perfectionist.
She’s just out here having a good time with her man. I’m - pic.twitter.com/2YsQ4c0ZrQ— 💣💥 to FREEDOM (@ItsJamesTav) September 2, 2018Beyoncé really be having fun on stage and while interacting with the crowd, she’s so precious I love her so much pic.twitter.com/X3IDufV4io— 🦎 (@paperboyblues) August 26, 2018Freestyling FunBey definitely knows her way around an 8-count. Iconic dance moments like Beychella had everybody mad obsessed with recreating the routine. But, sometimes Bey just wants to bop around. We love a silly Bey! Beyoncé what's going on??? 🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/hh9sWVH4iQ— On The Run Tour (@otrmoments) August 29, 2018What is Beyoncé doing? She really aint got no sense when she has that braid 🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/zcmNPkoi4f— Beyoncefucdme (@beyoncefucdme) July 31, 2018“i don’t know what i’m doing” skkssjjsjs pic.twitter.com/0yksF8wcfk— 𝟡-𝟜-𝟠𝟙 (@yoncesmix) August 19, 2018Got folks what homegirl is even doing. Living her best damn life, that's what. The Baddest BBey always had an idea she was the baddest girl in the game (now wearing Jay's chain), but the level in which she now knows her influence is something to behold. We stan a confident queen.37 years of PURE EXCELLENCE 👑✨ #HappyBirthdayBeyoncé
pic.twitter.com/Sxs6fGslBE— Sailor_ BΔK! (@SailorOkoye) September 4, 2018You're cool. I'm out. #OTRII
pic.twitter.com/3tVaMpGIim— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) September 1, 2018And we always here for those renditions of "Resentment."But... #OTRII
pic.twitter.com/mxRuxKmmQe— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) August 26, 2018Bey be like, "I know she was attractive..."Oh, and she even makes almost falling look better than everyone else's standing up.Beyoncé almost fell down the stairs and she handled it like the Queen that she is. 👑 #Nashvillehttps://t.co/m47AMvyWCv
pic.twitter.com/aO5dISsBKb— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) August 24, 2018 Love To The HiveThe Hive is always ready for some interaction with their queen and OTR II hasn't had any shortage of that. Her interactions with fans, no matter how seemingly trivial, have been a sight to behold.Beyoncé interacting with the fans. 💖 #OTRII
pic.twitter.com/PCkxyDycGu— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) September 1, 2018Beyoncé with this hair. 🔥 #OTRII
pic.twitter.com/EvBnWwmjGf— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) September 1, 2018That Awkward AmbushDuring an August 25 tour stop in Atlanta, two men tried to bum-rush the stage in an apparent attempt to reach Jay and Bey as they exited the stage. Of course their plans were foiled when security finally caught up to them. The whole thing was such a fiasco, even the dancers got buck and tried to stop them.Of course, it was all caught on tape.WATCH: 2 men run on stage during Beyonce & Jay-Z's performance in Atlanta last night.
The men were quickly tackled by the dancers.
The Queen is safe!!! pic.twitter.com/sjruhIIrf6— Kgopolo Phil Mphela (@PhilMphela) August 26, 2018Though the situation did cause a fright, once the power couple's safety was assured, it was kind off funny -- even Bey got a laugh out of it.During a second appearance in the city, she poked fun at the bizarre incident.Beyoncé double-checking to make sure there's no one behind them this time around. 😂 #OTRII
pic.twitter.com/oSVT41nqLA— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) August 27, 2018That's right, B! Bet they won't try that again.She and Jay figured it would be fun to take the running joke on the tour with them and fans have been living for it. Beyoncé making sure there's no one behind them once again. 😂 #OTRII
pic.twitter.com/CzOmcD7Ubn— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) August 30, 2018Beyoncé and Jay Z will never let this go 😂 @BeyLegion
pic.twitter.com/9RdBBHNvEI— Josue Ponce (@HeyJosuePonce) September 1, 2018Keep living Yoncé and happy 37th Bey Day!Liking this content? Check these out: The Carters Shared New Intimate Photos But The Internet Refused To Let Jay-Z LiveEverything Really Is Love: These 'OTR II Tour' Dancers Got Married In Jamaica And Are On The Run As NewlywedsJAY-Z And Beyoncé Are Now Allowing Fans To Register To Vote While On The Run With...
Beyoncé and JAY-Z recently released some adorable pics of their new twin babies, Sir and Rumi. Meanwhile, their eldest, Blue Ivy, is on her own fancy steez while traveling the world.As a Carter, one simply cannot vacation. Instead, you have to take travel to previously unknown heights. Enter Blue Ivy Carter. She told y'all as soon as she hopped on her first track: "I ain't never seen a ceiling in my whole life!"According to PAPER Magazine, the Carters recently basked in the sun while chilling on a yacht in the Gulf of Naples. Like the tiny star she is, Blue Ivy shined in all of her gloriousness. And she has pics to prove it:BLUE LIVING HER BEST LIFE UGH I STAN!!! pic.twitter.com/O1aKNmgJSU— beyyyy (@yonceslay04) July 26, 2018Do y'all see sis with the namasté mood? Blue Ivy the unbothered legend pic.twitter.com/bVz12C0Hgi— Black Girl Culture (@blkgirlculture) July 26, 2018BLUE IVY 💙💙💙 pic.twitter.com/yXnJ2KbFMt— Blue Ivy Source (@blueivysource) July 26, 2018The pics of Blue and Mama B bonding in serenity were extra cute!Blue Ivy & Beyoncé 💙 pic.twitter.com/foBeLwzIUd— Blue Ivy Source (@blueivysource) July 26, 2018Blue Ivy is 6 years old and sippin her drink on a $1.2 million dollar a week yacht, in Italy
CRIES IN POOR 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/FVN2omKHOH— JACOBI WARE (@jacobiware1) July 26, 2018"Cries In Poor," indeed. Now we see why those pics of her looking down at us peons while standing on a New Orleans balcony were so accurate. Y'all know what we're talking about:Blue Ivy & her family in New Orleans. 💙 (February 19, 2017) pic.twitter.com/8fNAVQk79D— Blue Ivy Source (@blueivysource) December 2, 2017Blue Ivy's vacation is vacation goals. Everything in shaka. Everything in faka. Liking this content? Check these out:Beyoncé Shares A New Picture Of Cutie Patootie Twins Sir and RumiBlue Ivy Is Stuntin' Like Her Daddy With Bonus Freestyle on 4:449 Times Blue Ivy Was A Young Comedy...
Quavo says he forgot about “Apesh*t” before it was given to Beyonce and Jay-Z.The Migos rapper made the revelation during an interview with Billboard.He said he made the track during an hour-long session with music legend Pharrell, an hour that also produced “Stir Fry.”“I was in the lab with Pharrell. I actually made 'Apesh*t' and 'Stir Fry' in the same day and hour," Quavo said. "I made 'Stir Fry' first, then right after that he pulled up another beat, and we made 'Apesh*t.' I left both records, and he sent me 'Stir Fry.' I told him I was going to use that for the album.”Focused on the Migos album, Quavo said, “I totally forgot about 'Apesh*t' — I just forgot about it. I knew he was going to do something with it, and then he called me one day saying, 'It's out of here,' and it definitely was.”The rapper also cleared up the confusion over the similarities between Cardi B’s “Drip” and “Upscale” by Young Thug and Future.“That was originally Future, [Young Thug] and I in the studio and we did 'Upscale,' and I recorded a verse to that. What happened was me and Offset actually recorded on the same beat,” he said. “Offset was somewhere else recording on the same beat, and me, Future and Thug are in the studio recording on the same beat. When it came about, it was a whoever wants it thing. We just came together for a meeting and decided to put my verse on 'Drip.' We were all on the same song, so I guess great minds do think alike.”In other Migos-related news, the group’s tour with Drake has been postponed.According to People, the tour will start on August 10 in Kansas City. It was originally scheduled to kick off on Thursday, July 26, in Salt Lake City, Utah.“In order to deliver the high standard tour experience our fans expect and deserve, we have made the necessary decision to slightly adjust the beginning of the Aubrey & the Three Migos tour schedule,” Drake’s spokesperson said in a statement.Like this content? Check these out:Apparently, 'Apes**t’ Began As A Migos Demo. Now That The Track Has Been Leaked, Folks Can't Stop Hitting Rewind.JAY-Z And Beyoncé Are Now Allowing Fans To Register To Vote While On The Run With ThemHow Migos Combat Traditionally White Spaces In The "What The Price'...