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Jay-Z’s Mom Comes Out As Lesbian In New Duet With Her Son

Rapper and his mother both feature on the track 'Smile' where he speaks of how she 'had to pretend for so long'
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Jay-Z’s mother, Gloria Carter, has come out as lesbian in a new track featured on the rapper’s 4:44 album.

The song, Smile, features both Jay-Z and his mother discussing her sexuality. It is the first time that either of them has publicly addressed her sexual identity.

Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian / Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian,”

Jay-Z raps in the song, which contains a sample of Stevie Wonder’s Love’s In Need Of Love Today.

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’s mother is also on track, delivering a spoken word outro.

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. 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.”

Jay-Z has a record of speaking out on behalf of the LGBTQ community. In 2012 the rapper, revealed he supported same-sex marriage in an interview with CNN.

I’ve always thought [not allowing same-sex individuals to wed] was still, um, holding the country back. What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. [It] is no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple.”

4:44 is now streaming on Tidal.

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