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Jay-Z's Mom Delivered A Powerful Poem About Her Sexuality On "4:44"

"Love who you love, because life isn't guaranteed."

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In a song titled "Smile," Jay-Z raps: "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."

He continues, "Cried tears of joy when you fell in love / Don't matter to me if it's a him or her / I just wanna see you smile through all the hate / Marie Antoinette, baby, let 'em eat cake."


His mom, Gloria Carter, even speaks out herself on the track. Here's a poem she recites at the end of the song:

"Living in the shadow
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
You live in the shadows for fear of someone hurting your family or the person you love
The world is changing and they say it's time to be free
But you live with the fear of just being me
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

And a lot of people are loving it.

Gloria Carter is a lesbian. Vulnerable/honest Jay Z is my favorite Jay Z.

Nothing can destroy my mood today. Gloria Carter came out as a lesbian on her son's new album.

I can't even front, SMILE is my favorite song right now! Thanks Jay Z and Gloria Carter!!


Listening to Jay Z - Smile and barely finding out Jays mom is a lesbian...then hearing the poem Gloria Carter recit…

me listening to Jay Z's mom talking about dragging your happiness from the shadows

Jay-Z has featured his mom on his music in the past, too. She notably appears on "December 4th" off The Black Album when she talks about Jay-Z's birth, and what he was like growing up.

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She says at the beginning of the song, "Shawn Carter was born December 4th / Weighing in at 10 pounds 8 ounces / He was the last of my four children / The only one who didn't give me any pain when I gave birth to him / And that's how I knew that he was a special child."

But her poem on "Smile" is truly unmatched.

Jay z's mom came out on his album. What a badass way to close #Pride2017