This past Saturday, Blue Ivy Carter — arguably the most famous baby in the music world — turned 1 week old. This week also brings news that Jay-Z wrote a poem for his daughter in which he vows to protect her, and most notably, to stop using the word b*tch in his lyrics. The problem with this news is that it's unfounded and without a source. Every article that mentions the poem fails to link to an original source, including the blog that broke the "news" in the first place. Here are the words Jay-Z allegedly wrote for his daughter:
Before I got in the game, made a change, and got rich,
I didn't think hard about using the word B—-.
I rapped, I flipped it, I sold it, I lived it
now with my daughter in this world
I curse those that give it.
I never realized while on the fast track
that I'd give riddance to the word bitch, to leave her innocence in tact.
No man will degrade her, or call her out her name
the women won't despise her and call her the same.
I know it's gonna miss me
cuz we been together like Nike Airs and crisp tees
when we all used to hang out front
singing 99 problems but a lady ain't one.
Excuse me miss, can I be your mister
cuz I can tell the difference from a little girl and a sister,
She never grew up, her father left her alone
I promise not to talk like we used to
until Kingdom Come.
I'm so focused on your future,
The degradation has passed
I wish you wealth, health, and insight
forever young you may pass.
Blue Ivy Carter, my angel
Like we said before, there's absolutely no source or confirmation from Jay-Z that this poem is real, but the issue that the poem is addressing is definitely real. Profanity and more specifically sexism has been an ongoing issue in rap music. Many people wonder whether rappers using the words b*tch or ho are modelling bad behaviour that will be mimicked by the younger generation of men who look up to them.
Even though this is most likely a fabrication written by a hopeful rap fan, what do you think of the use of profanity and sexist language in hip-hop? Do you think Jay-Z should really consider banning the b-word in honour of his daughter and women and girls everywhere?
[UPDATE] Turns out we were right about this being a little fishy... Harvey Levin (TMZ) has confirmed via Twitter (wow, this is a tangled web...) that TMZ spoke with Jay-Z's reps and the poem is totally fake. We still think it opens up an interesting discussion though...