Jay Z revealed his mom Gloria Carter was a lesbian in late June with a track from his album 4:44.
And this week, the New York native got the chance to talk about her sexuality and personal journey in her own words for the first time since her unofficial coming-out via song.
The rap mogul’s mother recounted how she made her street-hardened son ‘tear up’ when she first told him she was a lesbian during her candid chat with on the D’USSE Podcast that aired Tuesday.
‘Me and my son, we share a lot of information,’ Gloria explained during her intimate hour-plus interview.
‘I was sitting there and I was telling him one day, I just finally started telling him who I was.’
‘Besides your mother, this is the person that I am, you know?’ she said, ‘This is the life that I live.
‘He actually started tearing, because he was like, “That had to be a horrible life, Ma”. And I was like, “My life was never horrible, it was just different”. So that made him want to do a song about it.’
The matriarch went on to explain: ‘I don’t hide who I am… I’m tired of all the mystery,’ adding ‘Now it’s time for me to be live my life and be happy, be free.’
That exchange inspired the 99 Problems rapper to ‘want to do a song about’ her struggles, eventually leading to the track Smile off his latest LP.
The superstar revealed mom Gloria Carter’s truth in the lyrics to the soulful track.
‘Mama had four kids but she’s a lesbian’ he rhymes with passion.