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“Drunk In Love” by Beyoncé featuring Jay Z

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    “Drunk In Love” by Beyoncé featuring Jay Z (Explicit Official Video) is an R&B song.

    Song Title: Drunk In Love (Explicit Official Video)
    Artist: Beyoncé featuring Jay Z
    Album: Beyoncé
    Genre: pop trap R&B
    Composer: Copyright © 2013 Beyoncé Knowles, Noel “Detail” Fisher, Shawn Carter, Andre Eric Proctor, Rasool Diaz, Brian Soko, Timothy Mosley, Jerome Harmon
    Lead Vocals: Beyoncé
    Backing Vocals: Boots
    Rap: Jay-Z, Beyoncé
    Instruments: Boots
    Director: Hype Williams
    Producer: Detail, Knowles, Timbaland, J-Roc, Boots
    Recorded: 2013; Jungle City Studios (New York City); Oven Studios (New York City)
    Released: 17 December 2013
    Label: Parkwood, Columbia
    Number of listens: 10551

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    Summary quotation from Wikipedia:

    “Drunk in Love” is a song recorded by American recording artist Beyoncé, featuring her husband American rapper Jay-Z. The duo along with Noel Fisher, Andre Eric Proctor, Rasool Diaz, Brian Soko, Timbaland, Jerome Harmon, and Boots composed the song for Beyoncé’s self-titled fifth studio album Beyoncé (2013). Columbia Records released “Drunk in Love” as one of the two lead singles to urban contemporary radio stations in the United States on December 17, 2013.

    Musically, “Drunk in Love” is dominated by trap beats in chunks and bass. Its lyrics depict female sexuality as Beyoncé adopts sensual and confident vocals. Jay-Z raps a verse on the song. Contemporary music critics wrote generally positive reviews for “Drunk in Love”, many of whom called it a follow-up to Beyoncé’s and Jay-Z’s 2003 song “Crazy in Love”. They also commended its appeal to urban radio and Beyoncé’s as well as Jay-Z’s vocals.

    “Drunk in Love” peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Despite only being officially released in the US, it also managed to appear on some international charts; it reached the top ten in France, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, where it became Beyoncé’s 17th top ten hit. The single’s accompanying music video was directed by Hype Williams and shot in black-and-white in Golden Beach, Miami at a beach front manse. “Drunk in Love” was performed by Beyoncé and Jay-Z at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

Conception and release

    “Drunk in Love” was co-written by Beyoncé, Noel Fisher, Andre Eric Proctor, Rasool Diaz, Brian Soko, Timothy Mosley, Jerome Harmon and Jay-Z, who appears as the featuring artist on the track. Production of the song was helmed by the Boots and Beyoncé as well as Noel Fisher under his production name Detail. “Drunk in Love” was recorded at Jungle City Studios and at Oven Studios in New York City. Elaborating on the conception of the song, Beyoncé said:

    I kind of freestyled the verse, and Jay went in and he started flowing out his verse […] we just kinda had a party. It was so great, because it wasn’t about any ego, we weren’t trying to make a hit record […] we were just having fun… and I think you can hear that in the record.
    “Drunk in Love” was subsequently included on Beyoncé’s self-titled fifth studio album Beyoncé (2013) which was released on iTunes Store with no promotion having taken place beforehand. Following the album’s release, Billboard magazine reported that “Blow” would be released as the contemporary hit radio (CHR) single worldwide while “Drunk in Love” was reported to be sent to urban contemporary radios in the US exclusively. However, the release of “Blow” was scrapped and “XO” impacted CHR, hot adult contemporary, and rhythmic contemporary radio in the US on December 16, 2013. “Drunk in Love” impacted urban contemporary radio stations on December 17, 2013, serving as one of the two lead singles from Beyoncé.


    Musically, the song consists of bass, vague synthesizers, scintillating strings, finger snaps, and a substantial amount of trap beats. Written in the key of A♭ Major, the track contains a “moderately slow” metronome of approximately 70, while also following a chord progression of F♭m—B♭m—E♭—A♭. Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s vocals range from F3 to E♭5. Many contemporary critics viewed “Drunk in Love” as a sequel or an extension to Beyoncé’s own 2003 collaboration with Jay-Z, “Crazy in Love”.

    Keeping in with the most prominent theme of Beyoncé, “Drunk in Love” explores female sexuality. Its lyrics express “unbridled lust” and love-making with a wholly committed lover. As she sings about how much she likes sex with her partner, Beyoncé uses several double entendres, including the line, “grainin[g] on that wood”, where she is supposedly referencing a surfboard. The singer displays much attitude through her vocal inflections that were described as “sassy” by critics. She also adopts an accent that causes the lyrics to become orally indistinguishable to the listener at times. Her singing is further ornamented by Arabic-scale vocal arpeggios.

    On the bridge, Beyoncé sings about having drunken sex in the kitchen: “We woke up in the kitchen saying / How the hell did this shit happen / Oh baby, drunk in love, we be all night / Last thing I remember is our beautiful bodies grinding off in that club”. The second verse of the song is half-rapped by Beyoncé. Jay-Z later appears to provide his rapped verse as he compares his relationship with Beyoncé to that of Ike and Tina Turner. He even forgoes any subtlety as he raps, “… slick your panties to the side, I ain’t got time to take your drawers off … your breasteses is my breakfast”. Similar to Beyoncé, Jay-Z sings about how he cannot keep his fingers off her and the places they have had sex in their house.

Music video

    The video was filmed on August 15, 2013, in Golden Beach, Florida, at a beach front manse that Beyoncé rented out for the shoot. It was directed by Hype Williams and shot in black-and-white; the clip depicts Beyoncé and Jay-Z “madly in love”. Talking about the video in an iTunes Radio session, Beyoncé said, “The shoot was extremely effortless and spontaneous and we completely captured the energy of the song.” She also went on to say that it was the most organic shoot she had ever done and further added: “I wanted to carry this idea of being in the moment and embracing mistakes and effortlessness into the video. I wish every video was like ’Drunk [in Love]’.” The clip was released on December 13, 2013, to iTunes on the album itself and was later uploaded to Knowles’ Vevo channel on December 16, 2013.

    As the video begins, waves are seen crashing on a night time beach. Nearly a minute later, Beyoncé appears; she is strolling on a beach at night and she seemingly carries a massive trophy while an eerie music is playing in the background. Sporting a sheer negligee that reveals her bra and panties beneath, she twists her body in the sand. The singer also dances seductively against a backdrop of smoke and mouths the song’s lyrics, staring at the camera. Beyoncé is later joined by husband Jay-Z, who is wearing a T-shirt and a backwards baseball cap. He raps with his eyes down while Beyoncé mouths the words behind him, smiling.

    On a review of the clip, Kory Glow of Rolling Stone wrote, “The video, as metaphorical as it is, perfectly captures the feeling of the track.” Carrie Battan of Pitchfork Media commented that the video “brings the #surfboard line into clear focus”. An editor writing for Rap-Up commended the “intoxicating visuals”.

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