"Et là je t'ai tout donné, montré, rien à cacher, tu es là Ivy, comme le nombre d'or. Jay, comment tu dis nombre d'or?"
"The golden number."
WOMAN: I have given and shown you everything, with nothing to hide. There you are, Ivy, like the nombre d'or… Jay, how do you say nombre d'or?
JAY: “The golden number.”
WOMAN: That’s right. [Touché means something like “that’s right” or “good point”; a better approximation might be the English idiom “You hit the nail on the head.”]
Another art reference from the connoisseur and collector, Jay-Z. There’s an artistic and mathematical principle of proportion called the golden ratio, or, in French, the nombre d'or. Many artists and architects have proportioned their works to approximate the golden ratio, especially in the form of the golden rectangle, in which the ratio of the longer side to the shorter is the golden ratio, believing this proportion to be aesthetically pleasing. (Da Vinci is the painter of the Mona Lisa, depicted below with the golden ratio, and he is mentioned earlier in the song.)
What Jay’s saying, in an artistic way, is that Blue Ivy is so beautiful that she’s aesthetically perfect.
The reference to the golden number actually has a deeper meaning. The golden number is mathematically defined as (1+√5)/2 which equals 1.61 to 2 decimal places.
You’ll notice that the song has two distinctive parts. the first lasting 151 seconds and the second lasting 94 seconds.
These two parts actually divide into each other to give the golden number. 151/94 = 1.61 to two decimal places.
This means the parts of the song are in the ratio of the GOLDEN ratio. For real.
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