JAY-Z's Mother did not agree with The "4:44" Song Publicly the Departure of Their Sexuality
Hov also speaks of his admiration for the Tee Grizzley, their induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and his respect for Hip-Hop pioneers like Rakim.
The inimitable JAY-Z sat down with Elliott Wilson and B. Dot of Rap Radar Podcast earlier this month during an extensive interview, which was divided into two parts. The second half of the interview has arrived and is Hov opening up more about his family, especially his mother, Gloria Carter.
The Hip Hop mogul confessed he didn't exactly have his blessing for the song "Smile", the 4:44 track that discloses she is a lesbian.
"We just have a nice conversation and led me to do the song, and I didn't have permission to do the song," JAY admitted. "When he heard the song, she was like, 'of course not," and I was like, 'Man, this is so important.' So many people in the world hiding and things like this and this will help you to ... we talked about that song. I was so happy to the person she becomes ... It's one of my songs of pride."JAY also discusses how much he admires his mother, who he compares to the late poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.
"It's a wonderful story," he said. "I was so proud. I've always had the love of my mother. I always looked at it. Man, she is so fucking drug. My mom has been the drug of your entire life. She is only a drug person. Listen to her, it sounds like Maya Angelou. Your pace, your voice is so real. She is a speaker. Our relationship developed into another level as I began to know myself."
In another part of the interview, JAY is asked about his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 15. Although he could not be there (his wife Beyonce recently gave birth to their twins), he wrote a speech about his admiration for the new generation of rappers, including Tee Grizzley, and the respect they have for the pioneers who came before him.
"I think," he said about the Tee. "I listen to your music and I'm like, 'Man, I believe his story, and I think that is an element of creation that the people do not realize how difficult that is. Put words together, that's fine — there's a million of bill