JAY-Z of the Mother Wonders In Your Child, the Growth In "4:44"
Gloria Carter gets up close and personal in the D'USSE Friday podcast.
JAY-Z's mother, Gloria Carter, stopped by the D USSE Friday podcast on Tuesday (5 September) to discuss a variety of topics, including his work with the Shawn Carter Foundation, raise his family in Brooklyn's Marcy Projects and his son of the acclaimed album, 4:44.
In regards to high occupancy vehicle most recent project, Carter explained that the album is "amazing" because of your child's growth. She also addressed the ups and downs of the celebrity that comes with being associated with JAY.
"I think that is an amazing album because it shows my son's growth," Carter said. "The thing about that is attached to my son is that from the door, he says, 'Ma, is a gift and a curse", because no matter what you do or who you are. Celebrity or not. You will always have enemies in the world. Good or bad, or indifferent."
Carter also discussed one of the 4:44's standout tracks, "Smile". In the personal song, JAY raps about his mother being a lesbian, a fact she was initially reluctant to share with the world, but ultimately warmed up.
"I've never been ashamed of me ... I'm tired of all the mystery," she said. "I'm gonna give it to 'em. I don't have to worry about anyone asking if I'm in the life or not. I'm going to tell 'em. So now that I told you, what we have to talk about? So now maybe you can focus on the phenomenal things that I do. So focus on that."
Carter also discussed JAY humble, and he recalled that when he came in second place at the Apollo because of a fickle audience. Despite the early challenges, she says that she never told him to give up his music dreams.
Listen to the full interview above.