Fatherhood seems to have changed Jay-Z. After welcoming a baby girl, Blue Ivy Carter with wife Beyoncé this month, the rapper has reportedly sworn off of using the word “b*tch.” Britain’s NME magazine reported today that he penned a poem celebrating the birth of his daughter that read:
Before I got in the game, made a change, and got rich/I didn’t think hard about using the word b*tch/I rapped, I flipped it, I sold it, I lived it/Now with my daughter in this world I curse those that give it.
Jay-Z has used the word widely in songs including hits “99 Problems,” “That’s My B*tch” from his Watch the Throne album with Kanye West and “B*tches & Sisters” where he tried to make a distinction between types of women.
A 2011 Columbia Business School study found, in studying CEOs in Denmark, that a short time after becoming fathers of daughters the wage gap between men and woman at their companies began to shrink. The effect was greater where the daughter was the first child.
It wouldn’t be the first change of heart for Jay- Z. When promoting his book Decoded in 2010, he spoke to the Wall Street Journal about his regrets with releasing “Big Pimpin’.”
“Some [lyrics] become really profound when you see them in writing. Not ‘Big Pimpin’,” he said. “That’s the exception. It was like, I can’t believe I said that. And kept saying it. What kind of animal would say this sort of thing? Reading it is really harsh.”
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