Jay-Z’s mother contributed vocals to his personal song entitled “December 4th” on The Black Album, but his single “Smile” about his mother was originally balked for the personal aspect of Gloria Carter.
The 4:44 album by Jay-Z helped saved relationships according to the billionaire hip hop artist during a conversation on Lebron James HBO show “The Shop”. He revealed that “super gangsta rappers” thanked him for saving their relationships with the album.
Jay-Z reflected on the single “Smile” which is one of his most personal and revealing songs ever. What also made it so powerful was his admission of his mother’s sexuality.
“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”
Jay-Z informs the cast on The Shop that his mother was originally defensive over the single. “It changed the dynamic of our relationship,” admits Hov. “When she first heard that song she got super defensive. She was like, absolutely not. What happened was, I was in L.A. She flew out to L.A, then she left and was like, ‘No.’ We talked through it and then, when she flew back to L.A., she had written a poem. She wrote that on the plane. It came with the American Airlines, like a little notepad. I was like, ‘You got bars, ma.’ Gloria got bars.”
As seen in the music video above, the “Smile” outro includes the poem that Jay-Z was impressed by that was created by his mother Gloria Carter.
Check out Jay-Z’s reflection in the clip below.