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[Intro: JAY-Z]
Uhh, uhh, uhh
You ready, B?
Let's go get 'em

[Verse 1: JAY-Z]
Look for me!
Young, B, cruisin' down the Westside Highway
Doin' what we like to do, our way
Eyes behind shades
This necklace the reason all of my dates been blind dates
But today I got my thoroughest girl with me
I'm mashin' the gas, she's grabbin' the wheel, it's trippy
How hard she rides with me, the new Bobby and Whitney
Only time we don't speak is during Sex and the City
She gets Carrie fever, but soon as the show's over
She's right back to being my soldier
‘Cause mami's a rider and I'm a roller
Put us together, how they gon' stop both us?
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
The '03 Bonnie and Clyde: Hov' and B holla
[Chorus: JAY-Z & Beyoncé]
All I need in this life of sin is me and my girlfriend (me and my girlfriend)
Down to ride 'til the very end, is me and my boyfriend (me and my boyfriend)
All I need in this life of sin is me and my girlfriend (me and my girlfriend)
Down to ride 'til the very end, is me and my boyfriend (me and my boyfriend)

[Verse 2: JAY-Z]
The problem is, you dudes treat the one that you lovin'
With the same respect that you treat the one that you humpin'
That ain't 'bout nothin'
If ever you mad about somethin'
It won't be that, oh, no, it won't be that
I don't be at places where we comfy at
With no be-atch, oh, no, you won't see that
And no, I ain't perfect
Nobody walkin' this earth's surface is
But girlfriend, work with the kid
I keep you workin' that Hermès Birkin bag
Manolo Blahnik Timbs, Aviator lens
Six hundred drops, hercedes Benz
The only time you wear Burberry to swim
And I don't have to worry, only worry is him
She do anything necessary for him
And I do anything necessary for her
So don't let the necessary occur, yep
[Chorus: JAY-Z & Beyoncé]
All I need in this life of sin is me and my girlfriend (me and my girlfriend)
Down to ride 'til the very end, is me and my boyfriend (me and my boyfriend)
All I need in this life of sin is me and my girlfriend (me and my girlfriend)
Down to ride 'til the very end, is me and my boyfriend (me and my boyfriend)

[Verse 3: Beyoncé & JAY-Z]
(Talk to 'em, B!) If I was your girlfriend
I'll be there for you, if somebody hurts you
Even if that somebody was me (That’s right!)
Yeah-hee (Break it down for 'em, B!)
Sometimes I trip on how happy we could be
And so I put this on my life
Nobody or nothing will ever come between us
And I promise I'll give my life
My love and my trust if you was my boyfriend (One more time!)
Put this on my life
The air that I breathe in, all that I believe in
I promise I'll give my life
My love and my trust if you was my boyfriend

[Chorus: JAY-Z & Beyoncé]
All I need in this life of sin is me and my girlfriend (me and my girlfriend)
Down to ride 'til the very end, is me and my boyfriend (me and my boyfriend)
All I need in this life of sin is me and my girlfriend (me and my girlfriend)
Down to ride 'til the very end, is me and my boyfriend (me and my boyfriend)

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About "’03 Bonnie & Clyde"

In their first musical collaboration, Jay-Z and Beyoncé put their own spin on 2Pac’s classic “Me And My Girlfriend”, only with a twist: while 2Pac was referring to his gun, Jay’s talking about his actual girlfriend. Due to the track’s content it was the first indication of Jay and Bey’s romantic status, spawning rumors about a burgeoning relationship. The track reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was, at the time, Beyoncé’s highest charting single as a solo artist.

Recorded in August 2002, Hov had implored producer Kanye West to create “the best beat you ever made.” While listening to The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory West realized how perfect the Pac sample would be:

So I went home and called my dog, E Base, who plays a lot of instruments up at Baseline for me and Just Blaze. I programmed the drums in 10 minutes, and then he played all the different parts. This version is all live bass, live guitars, live chords on it. I brought it to Hov that night, he heard it, he thought of the video treatment before he thought of the rap. He just knew it was gonna be the one.

Tensions arose during the conception of “‘03 Bonnie & Clyde” over the sampling of “Me and My Girlfriend,” as explained by Def Jam A&R Tina Davis in 2003:

We only had one day to clear the [2Pac] sample that was used. We were back and forth with Afeni Shakur all day until we got the clearance. And then it’s a hit.

This song is the fourth episode in the progression of Jay’s portrayal of women in his raps. As he told NPR:

I mean, a song on my first album was “Ain’t No Nigga.” […] It was like, this careless relationship. And then that went to “Big Pimpin” in ‘99. And on that same album was a song called “Song Cry,” and then “Song Cry” became “Bonnie & Clyde” on 2004, which became “Venus vs. Mars” on my last album. So there’s a steady growth in the conversations – that’s being had as it pertains to women, you know, as I grew.

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’03 Bonnie & Clyde Track info

Licensing SOLAR Music Rights Management
Publisher AMRA
Mastering Engineer Tony Dawsey
Mastered at Masterdisk
Distributor Universal Music & Video Distribution Corp.
Copyright © Roc-A-Fella Records
Phonographic Copyright ℗ Roc-A-Fella Records
Keyboards Eric Johnson
Mixed At Battery Studios, New York, NY
Performance Rights PRS
Engineer Young Guru
Recording Engineer Young Guru
Instrumentation Eric Johnson
Mixing Engineer Jason Goldstein
Label Roc-A-Fella Records
Guitar Eric Johnson

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