Hidden Meanings Behind ‘APESHIT’ – Beyoncé and Jay Z (The Carters) Video, Explained

– So, The Carters just
released their joint album, Everything is Love,
completely unannounced, and with it, came a brand new music video. – This time, they rented out
The Louvre, which, how Sway? The Louvre and its international art serve as the foundation for a ton of themes in this music video. Here are some of the symbols
that you might have missed. – While Beyonce is known for having high energy performances
throughout her videos, in Apeshit, most of her movements are actually pretty subdued. The Carters are purposely statuesque, barely moving, in front of one of the most recognizable portraits of
all time, the Mona Lisa. The Carters are literally living art, and the three faces in the frame are portrayed as legendary equals. The two live up to this
particular comparison. Art history grad student, Heidi Herrera, noted that people around the world flock to both the Mona Lisa and the Carters, just for something as
simple as a quick picture. Vulture points out that
throughout the video, the duo continues to make classical art come to life in brand new contexts. Like Beyonce dancing as
Nike, the Greek goddess of victory for you know, obvious reasons, or when she reigned with her fellow female dancers in front of The
Coronation of Napoleon. The painting depicts
Napoleon crowning his wife, Josephine, the first
empress of the French. She switches to a nude
wardrobe and lioness hair to dance in front of The
Great Sphinx of Tanis, and pulls her hair back to
wine in front of Venus de Milo. One of the most important
artistic references was when Jay-Z did his verse
in front of The Raft of Medusa. The painting shows the
aftermath of a French tragedy, where a naval boat crashed
due to poor navigation, leading to a number of deaths. Out of the 150 plus crew members, 17 decided to stay, and 15 survived. The moment captured in the painting was when the crew members
saw the rescue ship, after 13 days with little to no food. This hope, after the turmoil,
and the determination to stay, symbolizes
where Beyonce and Jay-Z are in their relationship right now. They went through hell,
but they persevered. – Now, let’s get into the cultural significance of the video. There’s one overarching theme, and that’s black excellence. First, let’s talk about the
portrait of Madame Recamier. The woman depicted in the painting was the wife of a banker
and a huge socialite. Putting black women in front of this piece signifies how black women
themselves are iconic. The styling of the women
is also significant. It’s reminiscent of French artist, Marie Benoit’s Portrait of a Black Woman. This kind of depiction of a black woman was rare for its time
period, and historians believed it was painted in
support of abolitionism. Keep in mind that The Louvre houses a lot of art from the Napoleonic era. Of course, we know Napoleon as one of the most prominent colonizers in history. It’s no accident that Jay and Bey position themselves as art, in the
midst of these colonial relics. They’ve literally colonized The Louvre, to celebrate who and what they are. This painting here, depicts a woman caressing a man with a stab wound, and it’s imitated in the video
by this black man and woman. The stab wound is representative of police brutality against blacks, which brings us to the image of black men kneeling outside of the museum, a reference to Colin Kaepernick’s protest. Black women swoop and sway
among the white marble floors as Beyonce sings, “I
can’t believe we made it.” It’s a celebration of success
in the face of oppression, and these images of black bodies in this historically white space emphasize that. – Did you see anything
we might have missed? Let us know in the comments below. – And subscribe to Insider
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  • Trash misleading the people

  • Yea everything is about black peoples 🤦🏻‍♂️

  • There is no meaning behind this bull shit

  • Nonsense

  • WOW. I used to be a huuuuuuuuge jay z fan and Beyonce was awesome. But now I get sick to my stomach every time I see anything about them. PEOPLE ask our Lord Jesus to open your eyes to the truth and he'll show you that these two are blashimers, and satins puppets!!! it's in all there videos they arent even smart enough to hide it or they just don't care who knows. Can anyone name one time they thanked God or Jesus on stage or at a public gathering for there success or even for the birth of there children ???? They've solded there souls to the devil don't go down with them

    John 14:6 and Jesus said
    “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

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  • Painted in support of humiliation

  • Ya that there Baphomet worshipping Lucifer goat ball sucking baby eating mother fuckers. Sell your soul for temporary benefit while in the flesh just shows how weak they are as a creature that GOD granted life too. Sorry GOD you wasted gour time with these two demons

  • Happiness is not to be read not to be lost with another forgot time never had range that history would be lost that was never going to happen I am not a clam is like Spike Lee making a movie he forgot to all it is forgetting is this a case it is no judge for rewind and not know anything about forward not to be joined with another forgot forward that is not a March

  • Why does she put try so much Satanic ritual exam and many many videos of hours they are all about symbolism the conspiracy part of it’s just way too sick world past that now she has some things where it looks like she wants to be married or think she’s married to the devil himself. I honestly don’t understand how they were able to rent out the lube I bet that cost them a lot of money and gas money does talk especially from a person that cannot spell or pronounce the word art or any name of an artist in that establishment but let’s pass that down for our children to watch too

  • She just works hard and has an amazing voice

  • Shut tf up n stop hating

  • Reminds me of marina abramovic!

  • Illuminati

  • Devil worshiping anti-Christ garbage.

  • They are simply worshiping the devil. End of story lol

  • D E L U S I O N A L

  • Zionisme. I went to the louvre in Paris and these paintings where so depressing. Scary I've seen so many Satanic paintings other kinds you don't show in this video. But not all is bad ofcourse because there are many beautiful not dark paintings. By the way the Mona Lisa ain't special and the story behind the painting is also not special and it's maybe the tiniest painting in the museum.

  • Wasted time…

  • If yous all know that this is satanic why are you even posted and promote it in the first place it's hypocritical because everybody is well aware of it but you still shine a lite on them this is only to keep them relevant they're making money off everybody knowing what they do.

  • I would have just watched the damn video and liked it why does it has to be extra on top of extra I swear ppl will strain all the fun out something that is just supposed to make you dance a boune and they threw some color and art in it's a museum the frickin Mona Lisa is there mc duh now leave it to someone special to find Waldo sit down and watch the damn TV

  • This sux… this is just schitt they wrote for you to say…this does NOT represent me as a Black woman at all…go to hell! This is not art at all!

  • Racist video

  • this explanation is not the fact of this video… this all about satanic.

  • Kkkkk. Y’all have time to kill trying to make sense of what might not mean nothing.

  • who cares

  • Beyonce Is a illuminati transvestite

  • Random shit is considered art.

  • This is Demonic. This is poison. God is Love.

  • They worship Satan. End of story.

  • A couple of racist pieces of shit. Hope they both drop dead soon

  • For this reason the son of man was manifested to seek and save that which was lost. If you are lost Jesus died for you! Jesus loves more than any thing else in this world.

  • That makes me like the video more. Clever.

  • Really pretty, some amazing visuals. I'm not a hive member or what not, this stands on its own. I'm so sick of rainbows and unicorns and bullshit.

  • These people are evil and this video is pure evil all them are illuminati

  • The Mona Lisa was a portrait of both a man and woman …..hmmmm weird

  • oh god here we go cue melodramatic celebs

  • I never had a doubt about this singer doesn't spread energy through her songs recieved from God exactly…. (add what you want or what you think after suspensive points).
    Just like A. Grande, maybe this last is even worst (I am talking in spiritual way).

  • Apparently the bozo creators of this vid know nothing of Crowley and Luciferianism.

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  • I always thought Beyonce takes herself too seriously, something unnerving about her,cold! Shes oversexed, overconfident and maybe she is a witch, why are people so dum, does she know this life is short, does she want to be tortured in hell forever! good luck with that.

  • Ppl forget Jay Z is an official member of the masons


  • Hi good night

  • THIS IS A BUNCH OF CRAP. They should compare themselves to deluded self aggrandising psychopaths.They are not art, they are not meaningful.

  • Mona Lisa is actually a man.Nepoleon was a devil worshipping homosexual.Jay z and Beyonce are merely a witch and warlock.

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  • I only came here to say I don't listen to either, and I did it before the commercial was over

  • This would've been better without  polluting The Louvre w/ those 2 demon's presence.

  • Illuminati agents pushing the Luciferian agenda to the feeble minded and impressionable. Nothing more.

  • Looking at Bounces back side she is straight up and down and only a man is built like that they are clones now that is why they are looking different jayz with hair and B looking like the man he is.

  • I saw that all the black woman had straight backs up and down but real woman have a curve in their backs I know I have a deep curve in my back all real woman have curves in their backs. Only men have straight backs like these fake black woman that are men just like bounce the only thing people see are their fake idols Jay Z and bounce you cant see how they have lied to you and presented themselves to you as false jz is a woman B is a man wake up.

  • sacrifices after sacrifices……these two are devils, stop praising them like they are Gods


  • So most of this is about Greek mythology, I guess

  • She (B) is demonized

  • Ummmm y'all reaching with some of these analytical thoughts 🤦‍♀️

  • What if all the black celebrities are the Illuminati and there the reason crazy weird shit happen in the world!!?. (NOT RACIST) just a theory …. or not?

  • You tools

  • Yes you missed all of it … on a route that isn’t exactly completely off ..but you’re missing the message … wake up!

  • I called this young lady an ape saying No No in the Spirit. I have been apologetic before. Currently, I am not. There's been an atrocity that happened before the Holy Spirit in a secret chamber, my BODY. Ask God and you could just post and ask Hollywood. Real talk. Don't assume, just ask what they mean. I hear these Spirits say hateful shit to me in the name of God.

    Pray and avoid backbiting.

  • So they are super racist against white people. Got it.

  • Does anyone know why the white lady was first on the steps with blonde hair. Was Beyonce also linking her heritage? My Ancestors are Irish, Haitian, Italian and settlers of African American. We are still researching. Is the white woman there because of Beyonce heritage? This is not a hating or mean question. I really wanna know.

    Besides I Love Beyonce, wish she was my Daughter! Shes a Very smart Business Women.
    Thanx. Y'all. 🌸

  • Lmao they are not comparable Beyoncé is pop culture, Jay z was a good rapper back when biggie and Tupac ran things in the 90s lol not comparable at all lol

  • They never went thru hell but they will be spending eternity there

  • Imagine if the only groundbreaking aspect of your artwork was due to your skin color. I would be offended.

  • mocking white history

  • black sata

  • Yea what u missed is they are displaying stuff that is of the devil! Showing off false gods to get followers to stay away from the one true god Jesus Christ! The devil is the master of deception and uses these singers as tools to spread the devils doctrine. I feel sorry for their souls they clearly chose this path


  • Why do our ppl wanna make pale face white history a matter show black kings n queens

  • NAPOLEON GOT HOS ASS BEAT YOU ambiguous bots 🙄

  • So theyre just as significant, because they make half decent music and a bunch of sheep cry when they fart? Wow.

  • Empire state of mind lyric
    "Hail Mary to the city, you're a virgin
    And Jesus can't save you, life starts when the church ends"

    Any questions?

  • Two evil vile soulless ILLUMANITY L UCIFERIONS, use dont fool me ,

  • everything they said in the video was a lie


  • Life is short think before you act on it your eternal life depends on it

  • Really good breakdown the best and most accurate I’ve seen.

  • All that satanic garbage goes way deeper then you pour a little kids hosting a show want to know

  • This is all BS.

  • Yeah yall missed all the demonic meaning. In the video


  • Simple question is why didn't they go to an African Museum ?

    But don't expect the msm to give you the truth about subliminal messages and symbols that are " colonizing the Louvre " is just psycho-bable CAUSE DANCING HALF NAKED in front of masterpieces won't change a damn thing , but only pushes false hopes and illusions.

  • And the " false hope and illusion about this carefully choreographer embarrassment is the people / system who funded and still own this artwork ARE STILL IN POWER AND CONTROL EVERYTHING and the elite gave em permission , so what .
    They are globalist pushing for NWO and don't give a damn about their own culture anyway

  • So much symbolism in this video..straight santanic….

  • She should've broke it down spiritually. Tell the truth & shame the devil.

  • One of the costly song of the century …

  • How could people watch this without freaking out

  • Symbolism will be there down fall

  • Nah….uall…sugar coating.

  • You didn't pick up on the fACT this is a Satanic Ritual?

  • Ya, y'all may have forgotten somethin…we shall see.

  • “Shit”… precisely how I would describe this duo.

  • HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! These 2 fckn idiots are STRAIGHT CLOWNS!!! Gov. hires for mass manipulation

  • OMG STFU WITH LAME conspiracies who gives a f*** shut up and watch the damn video you always trying to crack codes shut up and watch the damn video

  • Illuminati

  • Mess and unsprung unhappiness. Think about the name for starters. They giving u animal filth so to speak and yall lapping it up.

  • They hiding the real reason of this musical video they made. It's not about no damn art. Last time I check these different scenes meant other shit but i can't remember wut video I saw bcuz I dnt pay these celebrities no mind they all represent illuminati on the low.

  • Can someone please explain to me what ape shitt means or have anything to do with anything or anyone? All I know it has nothing to do with me so I cannot relate. Where would a crowd get ape shitt from to throw or walk into?

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