My interest might be waning in Jay-Z, but I’m still a big Shawn Carter fan.
With today’s release of Jay-Z’s new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, some critics were hoping to hear the now-43 year old rapper and new father move his music from the streets to the stroller, so to speak.
With Jay-Z (real name Shawn Carter) spending a lot of time in the last year talking about fatherhood in the media, Magna Carta Holy Grail falls short of the expectation that instead of hearing an album about Jay-Z brushing dirt off his shoulder, we’d be hearing about him wiping off baby spit-up.
Nevertheless, since Jay-Z has been very prominent around the media discussing fatherhood, I’m happy enough knowing the topic’s on his mind.
Marquise Francis of theGrio offers a list of
11 10 of rap music’s “best” dads. “More than any other industry, fathers in hip-hop have a negative stigma,” says Francis, “but contrary to the stereotypes there are plenty of upstanding rap industry fathers out there.”
Spoiler alert, we’re absolutely vetoing Kanye West right now until we get some evidence otherwise.
This last week, pictures emerged of rapper Snoop Dogg smoking the stickiest of icky with his son, Corde Calvin Broadus. But these weren’t leaked pictures from a friend’s cellphone or snapped by paparazzi – the young Broadus himself tweeted them from his account, @SpankyDanky.
Snoop Dogg, who just this year, released a book printed on rolling papers, defended it, asking in a Hollywood Reporter cover story “What better way to [learn] than from the master?” The pictures show Broadus and son smoking together, and even one of Corde lighting his father’s two-foot bong.
Xzibit took to Twitter this week to thank his fans for their support while he dealt with his father’s illness. Xzibit, born Alvin Joiner, a west coast rapper and host of MTV’s “Pimp My Ride,” tweeted on Sunday that his father had one of his legs amputated due to a complication with diabetes.
Just yesterday, Joiner got back on Twitter to thank his loved ones “sending support and well wishes for my dad. We fully appreciate it.” And just this morning, Joiner gave everyone a positive update and a #thanks, letting fans know that his father’s “doing well” and that the facility his dad’s at is “doing wonders.”
This should be in our “Around the Internets” section, but due to the fact that it’s more than a quick hit, we’re lacing it up along with the normal stuff.
So, if you’re not up on thangs, Beyoncé Knowles gave birth to her and Jay-Z’s baby, Blue Ivy Carter, on Saturday. Jay-Z can’t be happier. He’d been vocal before, but no one expected more than the couple of lines from “New Day” to be related to the youngling.
So it’s 2:10am PST and you just woke up out of a cold sleep and in a panic, said “holy s**t! I wonder what happened a couple of days …
If you were a fan of HBO’s “The Wire,” then you remember Tray Chaney, who played Poot Carr. Chaney’s on the screen again but for a better cause – fatherhood.
Lamar Tyler of the Huffington Post did a write-up of Chaney’s video (sauced at the end of this article) – which was appropriate, since Tyler directed it. The video stars Chaney with his own father and son – and has a really positive message about fatherhood in the black community. Chaney’s message: he’d rather die than be an absent father.
Check the video after the hop.