American rapper and businessman Shawn Corey Carter, known professionally as Jay Z is incredibly clear and loud on his latest album 4:44.
One of the album’s most sensitive moments is seen with “Smile,” in which he explains that his mother is a lesbian. Most music lovers who listened to this track wondered if the track was mere creativity or a reality painted.
In an appearance on the Roc Nation-affiliated D’usse Friday Podcast, Gloria Carter revealed that the song was used as a channel for her to come out publicly to the world, and now the mother of four has revealed her son’s initial reactions to hearing the news for the first time.
“Me and my son, we share a lot of information. I was sitting there and… I just finally started telling him who I was,” she said during a recent appearance on the Roc Nation-affiliated D’ussé Friday podcast. “Besides your mother, this is the person that I am, this is the life that I live. So my son actually started tearing, because he was like, ‘That had to be a horrible life, Ma.’ And I was like, ‘My life was never horrible, it was just different.’ So that made him want to do a song about it.”
In the song“Smile,” Jay Z rapped,
“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
Cried tears of joy when you fell in love
Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her.”
It’s one of the album’s most sentimental moments, but Gloria Carter went on to reveal that it nearly never became a reality.
“The first time I heard the song, I was like, ‘Eh, I don’t know, dude. I ain’t feeling that,’” she explained. “When it first happened, I was sharing myself [with Jay], not to share myself with the world.” But after a few conversations with her son, she finally gave him the nod to use the song. “I was never ashamed of me,” she said.
“But in my family, it was something that was never discussed. I’m tired of all the mystery. I’m gonna give it to ’em . . . Now it’s time for me to live my life and be happy, be free.”
That powerful emotion could be felt the tone of Carter’s beauteous spoken outro on “Smile”: “Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be / No harm for them, no harm for me / But life is short, and it’s time to be free / Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed.”
4:14 which is the Forever Young Crooner’s thirteenth studio album released on June 30, 2017 is currently at number three on U.S Itunes Hiphop album chart.
Source: Gabla Godwin