Commentary — 18 January 2012


From The Guardian

The reports were wrong: even the birth of his baby daughter will not stopJay-Z from using the world “bitch”. And it appears the rapper is not the author of the widely circulated poem about Blue Ivy Carter, in which the writer says: “Before I got in the game, made a change, and got rich/ I didn’t think hard about using the word b*tch/ I rapped, I flipped it, I sold it, I lived it/ Now with my daughter in this world I curse those that give it.”

The poem, initially attributed to Jay-Z, was actually written by the blogger Renee Gardner on 10 January. Three days after it was posted at Rolling Out, Perez Hilton brought it to wider attention on his own blog. “Jay-Z Swears Off ‘B*tch’ for Blue Ivy!” he wrote. He did not give a source.

Soon the story was picked up by the Daily MailNME and New Yorkmagazine. The Guardian covered it, too. But when E! News asked Jay-Z’s representatives for comment, the answer was unequivocal. “A source close to the rapper’s camp [said] the poem in question is not by Jay-Z,” it reported. “No word how the lyrics made it online, but it wasn’t from therap mogul.” Another denial came via a tweet from the Roots’ leader, ?uestlove: “This just in: [Jay-Z] to me: ‘B*aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatch!!!!!!!! and tweet that.'”



Well there you have it.  Mo’Kelly knew you wouldn’t let him down.  It just had to be too good to be true.  Even if it were true it would have been 3 decades of music too late.  So maybe it’s better this way and you stay true to your misogyny.



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