Review: The-Dream’s ‘High Art’ Paints Jay-Z And Beyonce As Actual Humans

Leave it to Jay-Z to hijack “High Art,” The-Dream’s latest R&B collision of ride-out street madness and sexy strip club soundtracks. Yes, the song knocks in that it’s-3-in-the-morning-I’m-in-the-whip-with-Rihanna-and-my-life-is-about-to-change sort of way. But for a song called “High Art,” it’s a bit shallow. Yet while Jigga is not particularly spitting some lyrically mind-blowing stuff, it’s the content of his rhymes that’s truly intriguing. The obsessively private Jay-Z offers a somewhat humorous behind-the-scenes glimpse of the give-and-take of marriage as he tries to balance music mogul nightlife with being married to the hottest chick in the game. “You know she gon’ try to train a nigga, before I step up in the club,” Hov says of his female protagonist, who just has to be Queen B. Right? “Would’ve drove my own V/She be tryna take a nigga’s keys/She know them hoes be on a nigga/She ain’t even trying let nigga leave.”

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But the kicker comes when Jay further downplays their celebrity union, with cheeky banter: “You just wanna be around them nasty bitches, she said…Fuck them hoes, I’m just stuntin’ with my niggas, he said…” We already know Beyoncé is not above dropping that B word, so envisioning the omnipresent superstar going all Houston on us would not be that much of a shocker. Still, it’s refreshing to see that Jay and Bey are indeed human. Now if we could just get The-Dream to find a significant other that’s not on that “lean” or “white girl.” —Keith Murphy (@murphdogg29)