When Jay-Z and wife Beyonce welcomed their first child, daughter Blue Ivy Carter, into the world on January 7, Jay-Z joined the ranks of hip-hop dads that include T.I. and Fat Joe. Just two days after Blue Ivy's arrival, the proud papa released a new single, "Glory, Featuring Blue Ivy Carter," making the baby—babbling alongside her dad—the youngest person ever credited on the U.S. Billboard charts. Jay-Z sings,
The most amazing feeling I feel
Words can't describe the feeling, for real
Baby I'll paint the sky blue
My most greatest creation was you.
As the final notes of "Glory" fade out, we hear Blue Ivy Carter's newborn cries and coos. For older listeners, the sounds will recall Stevie Wonder's 1976 hit "Isn't She Lovely?" featuring Wonder's own infant daughter Aisha.
It would all be very heartwarming were it not for the recent brouhaha in response to a January 13 post from WENN, announcing that Jay-Z had written a poem for Ivy Blue in which he denounced the sexism—namely using the word "b——" to refer to women—prevalent in so many of his lyrics. What the mighty Oprah Winfrey had failed to do in 2010, when she challenged Jay-Z on his derogatory sexist language when he appeared on her show, a tiny little baby had, reportedly, done.
WENN claims Jay-Z penned these paternal words for his offspring: "Before I got in the game, made a change, and got rich/I didn't think hard about using the word bitch/I rapped, I flipped it, I sold it, I lived it/Now with my daughter in this world I curse those that give it." It's the kind of redemptive story that those of us who do not know even one single Jay-Z lyric desperately want to be true.
It's still not time to cue the violin music, though, because in ...1
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