Their relationship would make anyone “Smile.”
While every track on Jay-Z’s new album, 4:44, deserves individual recognition, there was one that truly blew fans away: “Smile.”
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In the song, Jay opened up about his mother Gloria Carter being a lesbian and why she felt she had to live in the closet for so many years.
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Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian
Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian
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
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.