Jay Z & his mum reveal she’s a lesbian on ‘4:44’ duet, #Smile
As we all know, Jay-Z’s new album ‘4:44’ is out — and now so is his mother!
On the album’s song “Smile,” Jay-Z duets with his mother Gloria and reveals to the world that she’s a lesbian.
It’s the first time Jay or his mother have addressed her sexual orientation public.
“Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian / Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian,” he raps in the song.
He continues about how not being out was painful enough to drive his mother to meds:
“Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate / Society shame and the pain was too much to take.”
Then he adds,
“Cried tears of joy when you fell in love / Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her.”
Gloria then joins her son at the end of the song and speaks on not being able to live the life you were meant to.
“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.
The world is changing and they say it’s time to be free / But you live with the fear of just being me… But life is short, and it’s time to be free / Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed.”
Not only does Jay directly address his infidelity and the infamous elevator incident in “Kill Jay-Z” …
“You egged Solange on Knowin’ all along, all you had to say you was wrong You almost went Eric Benét Let the baddest girl in the world get away I don’t even know what else to say Nigga, never go Eric Benét I don’t even know what you woulda done”
…but he also kicks off the album taking shots at Kanye West.
“You dropped outta school, you lost your principles I know people backstab you, I feel bad too But this fuck everybody attitude ain’t natural But you ain’t the same, this ain’t KumbaYe But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye You gave him 20 million without thinkin’ He gave you 20 minutes on stage, fuck was he thinkin’? “Fuck wrong with everybody?” is what you sayin’ But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane”
In the album’s title track, Jay talks about his 15-year relationship with Beyoncé and reveals a few things — including the first mention of their ‘natural twins.’
“Look, I apologize, often womanize Took for my child to be born See through a woman’s eyes Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles Took me too long for this song I don’t deserve you, I harass you out in Paris Please come back to Rome, you make it home We talked for hours when you were on tour Please pick up the phone, pick up the phone Said don’t embarrass me instead of be mine That was my proposal for us to go steady That was your 21st birthday, you mature faster than me I wasn’t ready, so I apologize I’ve seen the innocence leave your eyes I still mourn this death, I apologize for all the stillborns ‘Cause I wasn’t pressing, your body wouldn’t accept it I apologize to all the woman whom I Toyed with you emotions because I was emotionless I apologize ’cause at your best you are love”
Frank Ocean, Kim Burrell, Damian Marley and Beyoncé all make appearances on the album.