From Hip Hop Wired: A New York Daily News piece from writer Joanna Molloy released Friday (January 20) morning erroneously regards Jay-Z’s ode to his daughter Blue Ivy, “Glory,” as an “anthem” to fatherhood, exalting the rapper for expressing joy about the birth of his child via song. In no way, shape or form does the song serve as an instructional guide to fathers—especially African-American fathers, as Molloy alleges in ham-handed fashion.
The Daily News is seemingly proud to be out of touch with reality by tweeting Molloy’s story as a true fact.
“A lot of other babies are going to benefit. Because Jay-Z’s ecstatic reaction to being a dad will be the strongest boost yet to a growing movement in the black community encouraging responsible fatherhood,” writes Molloy in reaction to “Glory” —asserting that Jay-Z is now the spokesperson for Black fathers all of a sudden. Molloy, and other writers, are making much more out of this song than needs to be.
Nowhere in the song is it heard that Jay is instructing dads on how to do what all fathers should naturally do, which is raise their child lovingly. In fact, he speaks of spoiling his child when she becomes a toddler, a cute thought but not the reality for many fathers and young couples struggling in an unforgiving economic climate. This is not to say that there isn’t a happy moment on the track. Mr. Carter is in full proud daddy mode throughout the Pharell Williams-produced number.
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