Earlier this week we read that Jay-Z, in honor of the birth of his daughter, Blue Ivy, was retiring the word "bitch" from his repertoire. (Apparently, the word is demeaning to women! Why did no one mention this to him before?) He announced his decision — which was almost literally a plot on 30 Rock a few years ago — with a poem, of course:
"Before I got in the game, made a change, and got rich / I didn't think hard about using the word bitch / I rapped, I flipped it, I sold it, I lived it / Now with my daughter in the world I curse those that give it."
Except, hold on — does anyone know the exact provenance of this revelation/word painting? Doesn't it seem a bit weird Jay-Z would have this about-face now, considering he wrote a song about the mother of his child called "That's My Bitch," like, while she was pregnant? As it turns out, the very first source to report on the story, Rolling Out, didn't actually say where they got the poem from. As it turns out, that's because the poem's made up and everyone just assumed it was real! (Forget it, Jake. It's the internet.) The Daily News got confirmation straight from the source:
"That poem and story are fake," Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, revealed.
So it looks like the only thing Jay-Z has done to honor the birth of his daughter is immediately drop that single, "Glory," that sampled her precious little baby noises. (Of course, Jay isn't the only one capitalizing on the arrival of the chosen one: someone unaffiliated with the family has already applied to trademark the name "Blue Ivy Carter NYC" for a children's clothing line. Scummy!) Rest assured, any future performances of "99 Problems" will be complete and uncut, because Jay-Z still doesn't think that referring to women in general as bitches is a bad thing.