Jay-Z opens up about parenthood on "Glory," released Monday, a day and a half after the birth of his and Beyoncé's first child, Blue Ivy Carter. On the song that features Blue, credited as B.I.C., crying, Jay-Z raps about his excitement about her arrival, where she was conceived, and grief over a miscarriage.
Over the ballad produced by Pharrell, Jay-Z reacts to Blue's birth. "The most amazing feeling I feel, words can't describe what I'm feeling for real," he raps.
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Throughout the song, Jay discusses Blue dancing for Beyoncé, God granting his wish for a child, and plans to spoil her rotten. He gushes that he would paint the sky blue and notes that "The most beautifullest thing in this world is daddy's little girl."
Though Jay and Beyoncé are generally very private about their relationship, he revealed the city in which Blue was conceived.
"You don't yet know what's swagger, but you was made in Paris," Jay raps. "Mom woke up the next day and shot her album package."
The reflective song also offered moments of sadness when Jay referenced the loss of his own father and another child. In the poetic letter to Blue, Jay says his father, who "deep down was a good man," died of liver failure.
However, Jay's most shocking admission is that the famous couple previously had an unsuccessful attempt to bear another child. The topic comes up in the first and last verses of the song.
In the first mention, Jay talks about "false alarms and false starts." He describes the anguish he and Beyoncé felt. "All of the pain of the last time, prayed so hard it was the last time."
But Jay got very specific closer to the song's end, rhyming, "Last time the miscarriage was so tragic, we was afraid you'd disappear, but, nah, baby you magic."
Last August, Jay and Kanye released "New Day," a pledge to someday be good fathers.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z released a statement about Blue Monday. "Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven," they said in the statement. "She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs and it was the best experience of both of our lives. We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support."
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