Worried Jay-Z

Worried Jay-Z

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Updated Jul 05, 2017 at 03:12PM EDT by Adam.

Added Jul 05, 2017 at 02:34PM EDT by Adam.

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Worried Jay-Z refers to a GIF of rapper Jay-Z bopping his head along to music with an anxious expression on his face. The GIF has been used as a Reaction Image for situations in which one is both enjoying something and worried at the same time.

Origin

The GIF comes from a televised Coldplay concert for the BBC which Jay-Z attended. During the Coldplay song "Lovers in Japan," the camera cut to Jay-Z in the crowd, and the footage captured became the GIF (shown below). A GIF of the moment was posted that day to Soompi[1] by user goodvibrations.



Spread

The GIF was largely used on forums and small blogs for the following few years, until it appeared in a Buzzfeed[2] post on March 11th, 2014 (shown below, left). It found its widest spread two years later when Twitter user @brokeymcpoverty[3] used it as a reaction image imagining Jay-Z's reaction to Beyonce's Lemonade, an album rumored to be Beyonce's angry album directed at Jay-Z for cheating on her. The tweet gained over 13,000 retweets and 15,000 likes (shown below, right).


6. You will hear awesome mashups Tracy Clayton @brokeymcpoverty Follow jayz at the #lemonade listening party like GIF

After @brokeymcpoverty's tweet, the GIF found much more use as a reaction image on Twitter to describe situations in which one is both enjoying something and worried about something else. For example, on October 19th, 2016, Twitter user @ReinaDeAfrica_[4] posted it with the caption "When you know this unusually warm weather in October is due to global warming and climate change but you still kinda enjoying it," gaining over 32,000 retweets. On July 4th, 2017, Twitter user @MatthewACherry[5] posted the GIF with a caption about listening to Jay-Z's new album while worrying about North Korea that gained over 2,400 retweets (shown below, right).


ur local black girl. @ReinaDeAfrica Follow When you know this unusually warm weather in October is due to global warming and climate change but you still kinda enjoying it. GIF Matthew A. Cherry @MatthewACherry Follow When you're enjoying Jay-7's new 4:44 album on #July4th but you're also on the look out for North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles

Various Examples


DREW @yalljust_myfans Follow Reading y'all Jay Z lyric tweets, tryna imagine how the songs sound, since I don't have tidal. GIF 5:49 AM-30 Jun 2017 3,370 Retweets 4,214 Likes 畲0.U.荟 Me enjoying this weather but knowing our Earth is danger GIF Adam Hubert @_aHuby Follow Me listening to this Jay-Z album knowing this Tidal subscription is gonna expire. #444 Matthew A. Cherry @MatthewACherry When that new Kendrick is playing at the #EndOfTheWorldParty but you're also trying to keep an eye out for missile strikes. meek mill has made the same song about 87 times but it sounds good in the car so GIF When ur trying to enjoy Coachella but also keeping an eye out for missile strikes @Shitheadsteve

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