"Apeshit" by The Carters

"Apeshit" by The Carters

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About

"Apeshit" by The Carters is an American rap and pop song by American recording artists Beyoncé and Jay Z under the collaborative name The Carters. The first single on their unannounced album Everything Is Love, "Apeshit" arrived with a music video featuring The Carters at the Louvre art museum, performing and dancing to their song against the backdrop of works of art. The song and video inspired various interpretations, criticisms and memes.

Origin

On June 16th, 2018, the Carters (Beyoncé and Jay Z) released Everything Is Love, a joint album intended to follow their previous respective works, Beyoncé's Lemonade and Jay Z's 4:44, on Tidal The video for the album's first single, "Apeshit." Within three days, the video (shown below) received more than 18 million views.



Spread

Following the release of the music video, people on Twitter began posting various jokes about moments about the video. BuzzFeed Deputy Director David Mack tweeted[3] an image of someone's face superimposed over the "Mona Lisa" with the caption "Beyoncé!" The post (shown below, left) received more than 41,000 retweets and 95,000 likes. Twitter[4] user @khaleezy posted a gif of Beyoncé flowing her dress with the caption "Me tryna fold a fitted sheet." The post (shown below, center) received more than 58,000 retweets and 131,000 likes in two days. Twitter[5] user @MatthewACherry tweeted a variation of the Captain America "So, You Got Detention" meme to joke about the streaming service Tidal's free trials. He added the caption, "So You don't have Tidal and are all out of email addresses." The post (shown below, right) received more than 950 retweets and 3,500 likes in 24 hours.


Beyoncc?! Me tryna fold a fitted sheet GIF So You don't have Tidal and are all out of email addresses

Interpretations

Shortly after the video's release, some online interpreted the song in the context of art history, particular in regards to the juxtaposition of two black artists, such as the Carters, against the backdrop of the white, classical artists showcased in the Louvre. Speaking with the Fader,[1] Theodore Barrow, an art history PhD candidate at CUNY's Graduate Center and a museum curator, said of the video:

"The incorporation of blackness is in fact very important in spaces that not only have excluded the black subject, but often is filled with objects that have a direct relationship to the historical subjugation of black bodies through slavery and wage exploitation.

In a Twitter moment,[2] Twitter @itsmeheidi_h publihsed a close reading of the video and the symbolic meaning of the videos shots (example below).




Photoshop Memes

Following the video's release, people online posted photoshop variations of the image of Jay Z and Beyoncé looking at the "Mona Lisa." In this case, people posted images of the two with something else photoshopped into the "Mona Lisa"'s place (examples below).


i love the pic of beyonce and jay-z at the louvre Oh, nothing to see here. Just Beyoncé and her husband at the Louvre paying respect to the Queen of Pop, Carly Rae Jepsen.

Media Coverage

Several media outlets covered the memes and discussion around the album, including Vox,[8] Time,[9] High Snobiety,[10] Pitchfork,[11] Billboard,[12] Uproxx,[6] Mashable [7] and more.

Various Examples


all of us who don't have tidal rr #everythingislove "My great, great, grandchildren already rich That's a lot of brown children on your Forbes list" #EverythingsLove GIF beyhive: stop forcing jay z on us bey: you will love my husband and you will love him TODAY
fuuuuuck ok who wants to hire this french history phd candidate to write a thousand words about beyoncé dancing in front of david's "the coronation of napoleon." #EverythinglsLove l cant believe Bey and Jay posed in front of this painting in the Louvre. I heard it's the most expensive artwork they have Beyoncé and Jay Z appreciating REAL art at The Louvre in France

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FREDDURST
FREDDURST

The music is truly awful, that they used European art as background for their dance should feel insulting but is actually somehow amusing, the song's title for some strange reason feels on point.

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