Rap music has long been criticized for frequent usage of certain words, in particular a word universally considered hateful toward women: 'bitch'. Rapper Jay-Z, immensely popular with young people still, has used it liberally.
But not no more. What changed Jay-Z? Having a baby girl. The 42-year-old, birth name Sean Carter, is of course married to Beyonce and the two superstars just welcomed their daughter, Blue Ivy, their first child, into the world on Jan. 7. It seems a poem Jay-Z has written for Blue Ivy, released on the NME website, shows the experience of helping to create a female has altered how the world's most successful rapper feels about females:
"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.
"No man will degrade her, or call her name. I'm so focused on your future, the degradation has passed./ I wish you wealth, health and insight. Forever young you may pass."
Jay-Z and Beyonce: "peaceful" birth
Now you may think that with such parental lineage Blue Ivy might have a hit record some day in the future. Well yes and no, but 'no' only because it won't be 'some day in the future' that Blue Ivy will have a hit record, but now. Jay-Z put out a tune called Glory in the days after his girl's birth and her cries can be heard in the background to the song. Billboard said it makes her the youngest performer ever to be credited on their charts.
An announcement the happy couple made to the world at the time Blue Ivy Carter was born said in part that "her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven ... it was the best experience of both our lives."
It would seem it was also a life changing, or rather lyric changing, experience.