Jay-Z's Mom Comes Out Via Rapper's New Album '4:44′


But no Carter family member's life is painted in more careful, glowing detail than that of Gloria, Jay-Z's mother.

Jay-Z got really raw and personal on his new album 4:44, an album that saw him finally address those cheating rumours and practically own up to being unfaithful.

A lot of people are talking about the "Smile" track on the project.

'Mama had four kids but she's a lesbian / Had to pretend so long, that she's a thespian, ' raps Jay-Z, who has spoken of how his father's absence contributed to his troubled youth in public housing in Brooklyn.

"The world is changing, and they say it's time to be free, but you live with the fear of just being me", she says on the song. Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate. Now, however, she's free, and so much happier for it.

Gloria herself features at the end of the tune, which samples Stevie Wonder's Love's in Need of Love Today, and recites a poem about "living in the shadow", asking, "Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live?".

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"If my children knew, I don't even know what I would do / If they ain't look at me the same, I would prolly die with all the shame / You did what with who?"

"Living two lives, happy, but not free/You live in the shadows for fear of someone hurting your family or the person you love". "I just wanna see you smile through all the hate".

Following the album's release, GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis gave a statement to ET in response to the news.

"By sharing her truth, Gloria Carter is increasing visibility of lesbian women of color at a critical time", she wrote.

Jay-Z, like many rappers of his generation, employed homophobic slurs in his early music but was also one of the first prominent voices in hip-hop to speak out in favor of gay rights. "That's their business. [It] is no different than discriminating against blacks".