Black History Month: The Carters


Hayden Fowler , SPiN Wired Editor-in-Chief

Beyoncé Knowles Carter and Shawn Carter, better known as Jay-Z, have been iconic members of the Hip-Hop, Rap, Pop, and Jazz community for years. Their music focuses on black excellence and pride, while featuring modern hip-hop styles with African elements that stand out as a representation of their and other members of the African American community’s culture.

Beyoncé was born on Sept. 4, 1981 in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Carter has released six albums since the start of her solo career: “Dangerously in Love”, “B’Day”, “I am…Sasha Fierce”, “4”,” Beyoncé”, and “Lemonade”.  Her husband, born Dec. 4, 1969, has released a total of 13 studio albums consisting of “4:44”, “The Blueprint” (2 and 3),” Magna Carta Holy Grail”, “The Black Album”, and “Watch the Throne”. The Carter’s recently released an album in the summer of 2018 titled “Everything is Love”, which represents their renounced love and passion for each other after the controversial subject-matter of Beyoncé’s 2016 “Lemonade”.

The Carter’s music has influenced many, whether in the black community or not, to express their pride and love for their culture.

“Freedom! Freedom! I can’t move. Freedom, cut me loose! Freedom! Freedom! Where are you? Cause I need freedom too! I break chains all by myself, won’t let my freedom rot in hell.

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, “Freedom – Lemonade”, 2016

“Pride always go before the fall, almost certainly. It’s disturbing what I gross, survey says you not even close!”

Shawn C. Carter, “BOSS – Everything is Love”, 2018