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This is the earliest documented evidence of Jay Z as Beyoncé's private photographer. Before a 2013 performance on American Idol, Mr. Carter filmed Beyoncé's backstage rehearsal.
You can see the early efforts of a budding Cassavetes: Jay is obsessed with realism and authenticity, capturing what really goes on behind the scenes. Backed up with a keyboard and and her three singers, here we get to experience Beyoncé's real, raw voice.
In honor of the Carters' seventh wedding anniversary (the pair were married in 2008), Beyoncé released a special Tidal-exclusive song and video.
The hook on this stripped down song — written by Kirby Lauryen — is beautiful. "Cause darling I wake up just to sleep with you / I open my eyes so I could see with you / And I live so I can die with you," Bey sings as she plays piano.
And oh — who's that behind the lens? None other than Jay Z himself, displaying some casual fly-on-the-wall documentary filmmaking skills.