Quote of the Day: Jay Z on His Father

The rapper on how he coped with his feelings of rejection as a fatherless child.



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You can read these lyrics by Jay Z, from his song “December 4th,” in Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations. Read the lyrics in their full context here.

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