Jay-Z just dropped a new album, 4:44, in which he apologizes to Beyoncé, defends Solange, starts a Twitter feud with Eric Benet, renews a beef with Kanye AND helps his mother, Gloria Carter, publicly come out of the closet. All we can pay attention to is this last thing. Kudos Gloria!
Lyrics from their collab track, “Smile”:
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.
Jay-Z wasn’t always this enlightened. Earlier in his career, and like so many other chart-topping rappers, he used homophobic slurs: “Faggots runnin to the Po-Po’s, smoke em like cocoa,” from a track released off Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life in 1998. But in 2012, Jay Z publicly stepped out as a supporter of LGBT rights when he backed President Obama’s support of marriage equality. Did Queen Bey enlighten him along the way or was he coming to terms with his mother’s sexual identity?