When Jay Z isnâ€™t moonlighting as a rapper, he has a permanent residency as the worldâ€™s most sought-after Instagram Husband.
Shawn Carter has been dropping hints about his side hustle for years. â€œWhen I was talking Instagram / Last thing you wanted was your picture snapped,â€ he explained in Magna Carta Holy Grailâ€™s â€œSomewhere In America.â€
Indeed: Somewhere in America, Jay Z is dutifully fulfilling his role as BeyoncÃ©â€™s private photographer. Itâ€™s a pretty lucrative gig.
It’s also a thankless job. Thereâ€™s no wall in the MoMA dedicated to the art of documenting BeyoncÃ©’s most candid moments. They donâ€™t give out VMAs for impromptu at home music videos. Jay is too humble to ever bring attention to his slept-on works of art, but Iâ€™m going dive deep into their history of photographer-muse #relationshipgoals.
This is the earliest documented evidence of Jay Z as BeyoncÃ©’s private photographer. Before a 2013 performance on American Idol, Mr. Carter filmed BeyoncÃ©’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 BeyoncÃ©’s real, raw voice.