The softer side of Jay-Z–father, husband and provider–comes through in his latest CD.
Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay-Z’s 12th studio album, after a long time between thrills for his fans, was released on July 4 and centers around the new joy of his life, his 18-month-old toddler, Blue Ivy Carter.
In a promotional commercial, the 43-year-old entertainer who was named Shawn Carter at birth, reveals his feelings about being a father for the first time and gushes about the first offspring of him and wife Beyonce. “It’s something that we both created…..we still marvel at her,” Jay-Z said in a statement of Blue.
The fifteen-track album displays sides of Jay-Z that few have ever seen. He said in an interview, the “Jay-Z Blue” track “deals with the fact my pops left when I was young. He didn’t teach me how to be a man or how to raise a child, or treat a woman.”
“Jay-Z Blue” opens up with rap verse: “Life changed again I was already taking off/ My flight changed again/ Slight change of winds…. Baby needs Pampers…My baby getting chubby…Aww isn’t she lovely.
Magna Carta Holy Grail also includes a song titled “Heaven,” in which Jay-Z says Heaven is “his daughter’s laughter.” This album wasn’t the first time he referred to his bundle of joy.
On Glory, which was released Jan. 9, two days after Blue was born, was the time the rapper mentioned his first child, expressing the emotion and happiness of the first moments of fatherhood: “The most amazing feeling I feel/ Words can’t describe the feeling, for real/ Baby, I paint the sky blue/ My greatest creation was you, you. Glory.”
“It’s about the paranoia of not being a great dad,” said Carter in a statement.