PEAK BLACKNESS HISTORY MONTH: 2/4
(This month, we are celebrating the culture and beauty of the diaspora. The PB team and some notable Black writers are going to be spotlighting great cultural moments in a bite-sized format. It could be a song, a video, a picture, whatever we think of. )
An ode to “Drunk in Love” by Clinton Yates
I’ve had my issues with Jay and Bey. Part of me felt like their love/situation was kind of staged. It was too good to be true. Then they had a baby and I couldn’t resist. Then came Drunk In Love. A far superior song to Crazy In Love, this I actually enjoyed. After Bey changed what the world think of the word ‘surfboard’ forever, Shawn Carter offers a legitimately awful verse. It’s clumsy, a little creepy, but ends tremendously. For a short few seconds of glory, the two come together, a climax if you will “We be all night.” The song goes on, but that moment of hearing the same thing coming from the mouths of both legends is definitely Peak Blackness.
Clinton Yates is a newspaper columnist in D.C. He likes rap, rock, reggae, R&B, and remixes—in that order. He’s on Twitter.