Jay-Z Didn't Have Permission to Write the Song That Revealed His Mother is a Lesbian

Jay-Z Didn't Have Permission to Write the Song That Revealed His Mother is a Lesbian

The rapper talked about race, family and marriage in an intimate interview.

By Tamara Palmer

Beyoncé and Jay-Z have each been very open about their marriage and family in their music, but is there a line they won't cross?

Beyoncé's Lemonade album talked about rifts in their marriage, which prompted more honesty from the rapper's 4:44 album that followed.

"It actually started out — we were working on material together and it became Lemonade and she went off and did her thing and it just felt like she should go first and she should share her truths with the world," Jay-Z said in a revealing video interview with New York Times editor Dean Baquet.

Hov said that there is a line he won't cross, but it "mostly involves other people," he admitted. "You may be ready to expose certain parts to the world, but there's other people's truths there as well."

For example, he said he didn't "have permission" to write the song where his mother came out as a lesbian, but it arose naturally out of a "beautiful conversation" the two had about it. 

"We were always good friends but now we are great friends and we were just talking and she was sharing that she is in love... she feels free and can be herself and doesn't have to hide because of her kids or feel like she's embarrassing her kids. It's a different time now. She can live her full life and be her."

Looks like Bey has a man with sensitivity.

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