With baby girl, Jay-Z sees the error of his women-hating ways

Rapper Jay-Z, new parent with Beyoncé of a baby girl, Blue Ivy.
Rapper Jay-Z, new parent with Beyoncé of a baby girl, Blue Ivy. (MATT SAYLES / AP)
Posted: January 17, 2012

In the world of babies and hip-hop, it has been a very interesting week.

Jan. 9, we learned that Beyoncé and Jay-Z were the proud new parents of a baby girl, Ivy Blue Carter. Oops. That was a mistake, the little girl's name is really Blue Ivy.

I can dig it. Nice name.

Then it was reported that Jay and Bey allegedly paid more than a million dollars to take over the whole maternity wing at New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital.

Maybe Beyoncé's life was in danger.

Feel bad for the families affected, but I'm not hating on them. OK.

Next it was leaked that the Carters spent $600,000 on a solid-gold, handmade horse from Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka, a $20,000 coachlike crib from PoshTots, and a $15,000 Swarovski crystal-studded high chair.

Wish I had that kind of cash.

Jay released "Glory," making Blue Ivy the youngest person ever to debut on the Billboard music charts. Her cries can be heard on the song.

So sentimental.

But then Jay-Z, the modern-day master of misogyny in hip-hop, announces to the world that he is going to stop using the B-word in his lyrics.

Now I'm officially ova Hova.

Here is a snippet of the thoughts Jay expressed this week as part of an open letter to Blue Ivy that circulated online.

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.

Seriously?

I'm supposed to believe that Jay-Z, who has made millions of dollars referring to women as female dogs, is going to - poof! - stop bashing chicks because he has a baby girl?

Did he just realize that all girls were some man's baby girl?

(Following this logic, if Jay had a boy, he'd be denouncing the N-word, and we know how fond Jigga is of that moniker.)

Nonetheless, hip-hop scholar James Peterson said it was not that far-fetched.

"Nothing can affect a black man more radically, as far as his views of feminism goes, than having a baby girl," said Peterson, an associate professor of English at Lehigh University.

C'mon, I said. Oprah avowed she wouldn't have Jay on her show because he was so offensive.

Turnabout is fair play, Peterson added. After all, it does seem hypocritical. What if he had stopped using the B-word years ago? That would have had a much greater impact.

My point exactly.

Instead of abolishing the word, he said it over and over again. One of his biggest songs, "99 Problems (But a B- Ain't One)," probably helped him get in the same league to even date a Beyoncé.

Not to mention all of the songs that may not have included the B-word, but were just as hateful to women - like "Doing It Again," wherein Jay Z ends his night of fun by having sex with a woman at 6 a.m. and kicking her out at 6:15 a.m.

So my question is: Jay, exactly how are you going to master this deprogramming?

Are you going to stop taking royalties for about 98 percent of your songs?

Are you going to stop performing half of your rhymes at concerts?

Are you going to lead a "Stop the B- and Hos Campaign"?

I'm glad Jay-Z has seen the error of his ways. And I'm glad he is using his influence for the greater good.

Maybe other artists will stop using the word, too.

But Jay-Z may have to do more than switch from Mitchell & Ness jerseys to button-downs do his part in fixing this societal ill.


Contact staff writer Elizabeth Wellington at 215-854-2704, ewellington@phillynews.com, or @ewellingtonphl on Twitter.

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