Jay-Z certainly spent much of his career trying to convince everyone he was a grownup. The metrics by which adulthood were measured seemed, ironically, a little juvenile. But it wouldn't be 'button downs' or investing in sports teams that would make the case – it was fatherhood. As hip-hop continues to explore its dalliance with looking inward, one made up largely of young men crying over spilled milk, Jay-Z opts to deal with the largest issue of all, and with trademark poise.
His new single “Glory,” released just two days after wife Beyoncé gave birth to daughter Blu Ivy Carter, sees the rapper celebrating with a strange mixture of certainty and guilelessness. It's a condensed saga, where the revelations range from somewhat brazen (“You don't yet know what swag is but you was made in Paris/ And mama woke up the next day and shot her album package.”) to somber (“Last time the miscarriage was so tragic we was afraid you'd disappear but 'naw/baby, you magic.”).