After Renee Gardner posted a poem on the site RollingOut, which was supposed to be from Jay-Z, in which he claimed he would not use the b-word in his lyrics after the birth of his daughter, Blue Ivy, reports spread across the Internet that Jay-Z had dropped the b-word from his vocabulary. Here are the lyrics that Gardner claimed Jay-Z wrote.
Before I got in the game, made a change, and got rich,, I didn’t think hard about using the word B—-., I rapped, I flipped it, I sold it, I lived it, now with my daughter in this world I curse those that give it. I never realized while on the fast track that I’d give riddance to the word bitch, to leave her innocence in tact No man will degrade her, or call her out her name the women won’t despise her and call her the same. I know it’s gonna miss me cuz we been together like Nike Airs and crisp tees when we all used to hang out front, singing 99 problems but a lady ain’t one. Excuse me miss, can I be your mister cuz I can tell the difference from a little girl and a sister, She never grew up, her father left her alone I promise not to talk like we used to until Kingdom Come.
E! News claims that a source close to Jay-Z claims that he did not write that poem and has no idea on how they wound up on RollingOut. The blogger Renee Gardner has not addressed who actually wrote the poem but she is an artist herself.
The U.K. Guardian reports:
Soon the story was picked up by the Daily Mail, NME and New York magazine. The Guardian covered it, too. But when E! News asked Jay-Z’s representatives for comment, the answer was unequivocal. “A source close to the rapper’s camp [said] the poem in question is not by Jay-Z,” it reported. “No word how the lyrics made it online, but it wasn’t from the rap mogul.” Another denial came via a tweet from the Roots’ leader, ?uestlove: “This just in: [Jay-Z] to me: ‘B*aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatch!!!!!!!! and tweet that.'”