Jay-Z has done it again with his latest album release. The businessman, I mean “business, man,” took it to a new level when he released the album Magna Carta Holy Grail, and sold a million copies even before the album’s official release date! Does everything come easy for this brotha? Perhaps, but Jay will tell you a different story, especially when it comes to his paranoia of fatherhood, and the challenges he faces in his marriage with Beyonce.
So, despite going from a Hard Knock Life, to platinum selling artist, to successful “business, man,” to entertainment industry mogul, to NBA owner, and the fact he is able to give his daughter practically anything she wants in life, Jay-Z has a “paranoia of not being a great dad.”
In this area Jay-Z is very similar to me, and probably many of the dads reading this post. We may have a good grip on many things in life, but if we are honest, we all have some anxieties about being a good dad. And very few of us who are married, can say we got this married thing down, or understand how to make it work all the time.
Truth be told, fatherhood and marriage will humble a man more than anything else in life.
On the album, there is a song which Jay reveals his deep feelings and reflections on fatherhood, his father, and his parent’s marriage. All of which impact his ability to be a good dad and husband today. On this track, titled Jay-Z Blue, he shares how he and Beyonce marvel at their daughter, Blue Ivy, but he also reveals he has feelings of inadequacy, and fear. Here are some of the lyrics below:
“Now I got my own daughter, Taught her how to take her first steps, Cut the cord watch her take her first breath, And I’m trying and I’m lying if I said I wasn’t scared”
I can definitely relate!
“This relationship **** is complicated, All I know is we ain’t speaking everyday, I **** hate it”
Read more about Jay-Z’s thoughts and the album in this article in the The Huffington Post. And check out the YouTube video above of Jay-Z discussing the song, Jay-Z Blue, and how unprepared he feels for fatherhood and marriage.
BMWK – Do you share Jay-Z’s paranoia of being a good parent, or a a good spouse?