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Jay-Z’s mom, Gloria Carter, raps about being a lesbian on ‘4:44’

It’s the first time either of them have publicly discussed her sexuality.


Kris Seavers


Posted on Jun 30, 2017   Updated on May 23, 2021, 1:18 am CDT

Jay-Z’s mom came out as a lesbian on the track “Smile,” from the rapper’s album 4:44, released Friday.

The pro-LGBT duet features Jay-Z’s mom, Gloria Carter, who raps about “living two lives” as a lesbian. It’s the first time either of them has publicly discussed her sexuality.

“Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian,” Jay-Z raps. “Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian.”

Gloria Carter chimes in, rapping about “living in the shadow.” She raps:

In the shadows people see you as happy and free/Because that’s what you want them to see.

Living two lives, happy, but not free/You live in the shadows for fear of someone hurting your family or the person you love.

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 announced his support of gay marriage in 2012.

“It’s no different than discriminating against blacks,” he told CNN at the time. “It’s discrimination plain and simple.”

4:44 is now streaming on Tidal.

H/T PinkNews

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*First Published: Jun 30, 2017, 11:39 am CDT