TBT: 2003, When We Were ‘Crazy In Love’ With Beyoncé and Jay Z

by Alisha Jackson

During this week in 2003, Beyoncé and Jay Z were enjoying the second week of their eight-week-long reign at number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with their hit “Crazy In Love.”

You uh-oh, uh-oh, uh-oh, oh know-know the song. But did you know these throwback titdbits about “Crazy In Love”?

1. The song’s signature horns came from a sample.

You’ll instantly recognize “Are You My Woman (Tell Me So)” by The Chi-Lites in the video above.

2. The chorus was inspired by Beyoncé’s mismatched clothes and uncombined hair.

(Getty Images) (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)

In an interview with The Guardian, Beyoncé shared where the line “got me looking so crazy right now” came from. “I met Rich Harrison maybe three months before I did the song, and he played me that track. When I heard it, I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s perfect.’ We just couldn’t figure out what to write with it. I was looking crazy with my clothes. And I kept saying, ‘I’m looking crazy right now.’ I wanted to go out and buy Kelly (Rowland) a birthday present but I didn’t want to leave the studio because I was scared that people were going to take pictures of me.”

3. Jay Z wrote his rap in 10 minutes.

(Getty Images) (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

He reportedly recorded the verse at 3:00 AM.

4. The music video was shot in downtown Los Angeles.

During MTV’s Making of the Video documentary, Beyoncé described the story behind the music video for “Crazy In Love.” “[It] celebrates the evolution of a woman. It is about a girl who is at the point of a relationship. She realizes that she is in love, she is doing stuff she would not normally do but she does not care. It does not matter she is just crazy in love.”

Check out part of the episode below!

5. She re-recorded the track for the film Fifty Shades of Grey.

Check out the slowed down version of the track in the video above.

Those are your Throwback Tidbits for the 2003 hit, “Crazy In Love”! Check back next Thursday for a brand new #TBT!

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