Speaking the Truth!
Jay-Z has been one of the moguls of the rap scene for years now, and that means that sometimes his personal life is going to come out. Fans have been somewhat at odds with him, considering the implications of Beyonce’s Lemonade as well as beefs he’s had with other rappers, but his new album seems to be setting all of that straight.
When Beyoncé released her landslide album Lemonade fans became like a little kid having to choose between Mommy and Daddy in a divorce. That said, judging by her sales and her huge fanbase, Beyoncé probably won this battle. After all, who can forgive a cheater?
Jay-Z’s new album sought to make multiple apologies and revalations, starting with some interesting information about his mother.
The Truth About Mama Jay
Jay-Z’s new album 4:44 comes with numerous layers. Each time you listen to a song, you discover a little bit more about the rapper’s life, including some interesting details about his mother.
On the track “Smile,” Jay-Z opens up about the fact that his mother, Gloria Carter, is actually a lesbian.
He raps, “Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian/Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian./Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate/Society shame and the pain was too much to take/Cried tears of joy when you fell in love/Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her/I just wanna see you smile through all the hate/Marie Antoinette, baby, let ’em eat cake.”
The love is amplified in the song’s outro, where he raps, “Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live?/In the shadows people see you as happy and free/Because that’s what you want them to see/Living two lives, happy, but not free.”
It’s clear that Jay has a lot of love for the woman who brought him into this world.
Jay-Z also spoke up about something we’ve all been waiting to see more about: his infidelity to Queen Bey. Are his lyrics enough to make up for what he did?
In the title track of the album, “4:44,” Jay-Z sang the lyrics, “And if my children knew / I don’t even know what I would do / If they ain’t look at me the same / I would probably die with all the shame. ‘You did what with who?’ / What good is a ménage à trois when you have a soulmate? / You risked that for Blue?”
Maybe when Blue is old enough to understand what’s going on with her parents, these lyrics will mean something to her, but it’s not clear whether this is enough of an apology for Bey.
Jay-Z wasn’t only about healing old wounds; apparently he’s interested in opening some new ones, too.