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JAY-Z & Mom Gloria Carter Duet On ‘Smile,’ Addresses Her Coming Out As Lesbian: ‘It’s Time To Be Free’

JAY-Z Mother’s Gloria Carter Talks Coming Out On ‘4:44’

JAY-Z‘s new album, 4:44, is by far his most honest, mature, and transparent offering to date.

Gloria Carter joins her son on the No-ID-produced track, “Smile,” and opens up about living as a closeted lesbian for years.

“Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live? In the shadows people see you as happy and free because that’s what you want them to see. Living two lives, happy, but not free,” she says.

JAY-Z offers his mother love and acceptance on the track by telling her: “Cried tears of joy when you fell in love/Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her.”

Read a few lyrics from “Smile” below.

JAY-Z:

Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian
Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian
Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate
Society shame and the pain was too much to take
Cried tears of joy when you fell in love
Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her
I just wanna see you smile through all the hate
Marie Antoinette, baby, let ’em eat cake

Gloria Carter:

Living in the shadow
Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live?
In the shadows people see you as happy and free
Because that’s what you want them to see
Living two lives, happy, but not free
You live in the shadows for fear of someone hurting your family or the person you love
The world is changing and they say it’s time to be free
But you live with the fear of just being me
Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be
No harm for them, no harm for me
But life is short, and it’s time to be free
Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed
Smile

I love when these two hop on a track together!

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