Patrice Evans writes in his Grantland column that now that Jay-Z is having a baby girl, he will likely monitor his rhymes. He already has a lot of explaining to do for past releases.
I've heard it said nothing transforms a man like having a baby girl. So news that Jay-Z and Beyoncé are having a daughter could mean we will never see or hear from the old Shawn Carter again. Old Jay-Z: "hard dick and bubble gum". New Jay-Z: poopy diapers and baby food.
It's the beginning of a new era in hip hop. The Old Man Rap era. And a lot of emcees are gonna have some 'splainin' to do. Hov, to his jeweler's credit, has always talked more Maybachs and ice, than about his sidepiece and wife. So he won’t have as much umm, err, umm stammering to contend with as, say, Kanye. But here's five songs we still expect to be removed from Lil Hovita's iPod.
As a joke I think they should play "Big Pimpin’" in the birthing room. It’s the only way to "re-claim" the song. Otherwise, Jay told the Wall Street Journal even he cringes when he hears it, "Some [lyrics] become really profound when you see them in writing. Not "Big Pimpin." That's the exception. It was like, I can't believe I said that. And kept saying it. What kind of animal would say this sort of thing? Reading it is really harsh."
Cover the Ears Quotable:
In the cut where I keep 'em
'til I need a nut, 'til I need to beat the guts
Then it's beep beep, and I'm picking them up
Let em play with the d[—]k in the truck …
Read Patrice Evans' entire column at Grantland.