Auditory Analysis – Apeshit of Carters
Shawn Carter (aka Jay-Z) and Beyoncé Knowles Release Music Video Apeshit im
London Stadium, June 2018. 1 The social media release of the song surprised fans who walked into the venue
The couple’s marriage was strained as a result of Jay-Z’s infidelity. no video
Tension is revealed when the couple appears strong, loving, united and fearless. Ricky Director
Saiz, this song is a six-minute feast of technology, vision and sound. This video focuses on
The Sexiness of Black Female Bodies, Their Half-Naked Silhouettes Overshadow Westerns
A masterpiece of the Louvre in Paris. It exhibits a black eroticism, with
European High Art Congress paints a history of the dehumanization of black women. prove
This discrimination is evident in the depiction of Princess Andromeda as a white woman,
Despite their Ethiopian ancestry. 2 Questions Asked About the Sexualization of Black People
Women in Modern French Masterpieces. Apeshit shines a light on the subject of black women
A neglected muse for years.
The Presence of Black Women in the Louvre (and Their Imperialist History)
Notable in Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Apeshit. They use the word apeshit to get mad
angry or excited. It grew out of an expression of youth culture in the 1950s, in which “to
Ape” is a trendy way of saying excitement. 3 Beyoncé and Jay-Z try to win each other back
1 Beyoncé Giselle Knowles and Shawn Corey Carter, “Apeshit – the Carters,” YouTube, 2018,
2 Elizabeth McGrath, “The Black Andromeda,” Warburg and Courtauld Institutes Journal 55, no. 1 (1992):
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A derogatory term used in racial slurs that use imagery of other animals. This is proved by them
Classical European art versus the apeshit “crowd rush”. finally this song
The text and visual palette are subversive statements of earlier cultural ideas.
Harmoniously, Apeshit’s melody oscillates between G major and tonic
Triple key. However, the song integrates an instrumental track that hints at E minor. although
The melody mainly emphasizes the key of D, with no D in E minor to confirm. That
The accent on the key of D corresponds to a chord played in a series of descended or ascended G
Great underworld. Beyoncé’s rap features an uncharacteristically strong minor key,
Includes the first triplet on E. Darker qualities of instrument tracks blend seamlessly
Beyoncé’s rap style. Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Apeshit redefines the B and G major triadic melody as
The scales are 5 and 3, with occasional drops to E. Tone can be heard as a modal
There is no leading note based on the E tonic. Recurring “skoo skoo skoo” 4 Impromptu F-
The D-E tone with E is evidence of this. Alternatively, the modifier keys can be reduced to G major,
Emphasis on the sixth scale.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Apeshit walks through power, privilege, and
Institutionalized oppression. It’s a six-minute audiovisual masterpiece, despite a
A little ambiguous musical harmony. The ambiguity causes the song to transition into two different movements
Directions – Festive and Dark. Brutal E minor is the obvious opposite of polite
Pleasant G major nod. This ambiguity is expressed in the lyrics as “You need me,
I don’t need you” and “Can’t rule over me. 5 The audiovisual nature of the video conveys
3 Ben Zimmer, “Towards the History of ‘Apes–T'”, Slate Magazine, 19 June 2018.
4 Beyoncé Giselle Knowles and Shawn Corey Carter, “Apeshit – the Carters,” YouTube, 2018,
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A wide range of socioeconomic classes were ambiguously involved in promoting black emancipation. That
The different signifiers of G major and E minor in the song seem to be competing forces,
Represents a sense of triumph that is both exhilarating and intimidating.
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Knowles, Beyoncé Giselle and Sean Corey Carter. “Apeshit – The Carters.” Youtube, 2018.
McGrath, Elizabeth. “Black Andromeda.” Warburg and Courtauld Institute Magazine
55, No. 1 (1992): 1-18. https://doi.org/10.2307/751417.
room, ben. “The History of ‘Apes-T’.” Slate Magazine, June 19, 2018.