Jay-Z Talks Fatherhood
In the cover story of GQ magazine’s new “Men of the Year” issue, Jay-Z opens up about parenthood with pregnant wife Beyonce, and explains his specific definition of fatherhood, reports MTV.
“Providing — that’s not love,” Jay says. “Being there — that’s more important. I mean, we see that. We see that with all these rich socialites. They’re crying out for attention; they’re hurting for love. I’m not being judgmental — I’m just making an observation.”
The rap mogul, crowned the magazine’s King of the Year, tells GQ writer Alex Pappademas: “They’re crying out for the love that maybe they didn’t get at home, and they got everything, all the material things that they need and want. So we know that’s not the key.”
The soon to be 42-year-old rapper graces the cover of the December issue, which hit newsstands on Nov. 22, sporting a black suit and matching skinny tie.
Jay-Z’s relationship with his own absentee dad factors into his own views on becoming a father, and it’s a topic he most recently addressed on the track “New Day,” from his and Kanye West’s “Watch the Throne” album.
On “New Day,” the duo rap hypothetically about fatherhood, except that now for Jay, life will imitate art. When they wrote the song, Jay explains to GQ that he and wife Beyoncé were not yet expecting. The RZA-produced track finds Jay vowing not to do what was done to him as a child: “Promise to never leave him, even if his mama tweakin’/ ‘Cause my dad left me and left me and I promise to never repeat him.”
“My dad was such a good dad that when he left, he left a huge scar. He was my superhero,” Jay says in the interview.
While Jay says he will definitely change diapers and strap the baby seat in the Maybach, the rap star also promises to play rap classics like “Reasonable Doubt,” “Ready to Die” and “Illmatic” for his child — when the time is appropriate of course.