The Carters Still Have Love for OG Juan Perez

While many listeners and fans are dissecting the lyrics looking for relationship clues to Jay Z and Beyonce’s latest album, Everything is Love, some fans are keen to notice another partnership highlighted on the album. Since the early 90’s, Jay Z has been a part of another longtime relationship, but it is one that has been kept somewhat out of the spotlight and could have gone unnoticed by many although the clues have been there before. On Everything is Love, both Jay Z and Beyonce pay homage to some of their closest friends, including solid couple and friends Juan OG Perez and wife Desiree Perez.

Jay Z met OG Perez in 1996 and by 2003 he, along with his wife Desiree, were already getting shoutouts on Jay Z’s albums. First on Jay Z’s Black Album he raps, “OG Juan, Whattup…Whassup Dez” signaling the close relationship that they share. OG Juan would be mentioned yet again on The Blueprint 3 in 2009, with the lyrics referencing Jay Z and OG’s tight bond over sports. “Catch me at the X with OG at a Yankee game” goes much deeper than talking about casually meeting up for a baseball game. For Jay Z and OG Perez, their relationship was formed over their love of sports which eventually led to the creation of popular nightclub 40/40, a hotspot for athletes, as well as Roc Nation Sports, a groundbreaking sports agency which signs the most desirable athletes. While Everything is Love focuses on the iconic marriage of The Carters, it also credits those who stuck by them along the way, with the Perez’s maintaining their signature quiet strength.

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