Having a child is a life-altering experience. The question this writer has had over the last few months is how raising a daughter would affect Jay-Z’s lyrical content. Our first indication came earlier today with “Glory,” which finds Jay in an expected introspective mood when delving into his family history. In a surprise revelation from the very private man, Jay-Z briefly talks about a past Beyonce miscarriage and alludes to further difficulty and fears with Blue Ivy’s pending birth.
For over a decade, Jay-Z’s career has been a tightrope act of balancing his personal growth while being the face of a culture whose mainstream component too often expects hallow, materialistic content. Kingdom Come was Jay’s last big attempt to “mature” his content, and he was met with a big backlash which scared him back into the comfortable confines of LPs like American Gangster. But now with Blue Ivy, he has a living, breathing miracle of life to inspire him daily to be better. Makes you wonder what Watch the Throne would have sounded like if Blue Ivy had made her debut a few months before that project dropped.
JAY-Z X PHARRELL X BLUE IVY (B.I.C.) “GLORY”