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Jay-Z’s mother comes out on his new album

Jay-Z’s mother comes out on his new album
So you put on Jay Z’s new album 4.44 (or rather you don’t if you just have Spotify), and you get to Smile, whereupon you hear the following words:
 
“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.”
 
Does rap have a problem with homosexuality? Well Jay Z doesn’t cos his mum just came out to the world on his new album. And if you’re wondering, yes, this really is true. 
 
Gloria Carter, for she has a name, even reads out a poem on the track: 
 
“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 lifes, happy but not free. You live in the shadows for fear of someone hurting your family or someone 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.”
 
So, yeah, pretty massive stuff. 

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