Rapper Jay-Z was named by GQ as one of their “men of the year 2011,” and talked all sorts of fatherhood in their December issue.
Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, has a baby brewing with pop star Beyoncé Knowles – and told GQ he plans on being a good influence on his son’s life. From Jay-Z and Kanye West’s latest album Watch the Throne, Jay-Z spits a couple lines that cut close to the matter on the track “New Day”:
Promise to never leave him, even if his mama tweakin’ / ‘Cause my dad left me and I promise to never repeat him / Never repeat him / Never repeat him.
Jay-Z tells GQ that his father, Adnis Reeves, left his wife and kids when Shawn was 11 – and having a father leave after being there is worse than never having one at all. Copied straight from GQ: “If your dad died before you were born, yeah, it hurts—but it’s not like you had a connection with something that was real,” Jay says. “Not to say it’s any better—but to have that connection and then have it ripped away was, like, the worst. My dad was such a good dad that when he left, he left a huge scar. He was my superhero.”
Jay-Z also drops another great quote about fatherhood later in the interview: “Providing—that’s not love,” he says. “Being there—that’s more important. I mean, we see that. We see that with all these rich socialites. They’re crying out for attention; they’re hurting for love. I’m not being judgmental—I’m just making an observation. They’re crying out for the love that maybe they didn’t get at home, and they got everything. All the material things that they need and want. So we know that’s not the key.”
Jay-Z says he’s in for changing diapers – 100%. Also, he hasn’t ruled out putting a car seat in his Maybach.
Check out the whole interview on GQ‘s site, sauced below. If you’ve never known a different side of Jay-Z other than what you’ve heard in his songs, it’ll give you a new perspective on him.