With Jay-Z and Beyonce on the cusp of parenthood, Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA has offered some fatherly advice for Hov.
For RZA, he believes his “New Day” Watch the Throne collaborator will realize the importance of fatherhood.
“What can I say? It’s hard to tell somebody about their own. A father is not only He Who Fat Her; no, but it’s somebody who also furthers. Further the education of others. And if you could do that for your seed, then you doing what you do. You doing the right thing. We grew up without fathers. I’m quite sure he had the same situation as me: father absent. So we turned to the streets, music, and other things for a father,” RZA explained. “You get married, and the preacher says, “What God has joined, let no man put asunder.” That’s impossible. “Asunder” means separate. Our divorce rate is big in our country. The true marriage is the sperm and the egg. Because when those two things combine and form a life, you can’t separate. You can’t separate your father and your mother out of you. Nor will your children be able to. It’s eternally enjoined.” (XXL Mag)
Recently, Young Hov opened up about preparing for fatherhood and feeling a bit apprehensive about following in his late dad’s footsteps.
“It makes me a little paranoid because no matter what, I don’t think any person, or any male, goes into a relationship thinking that they’re going to leave or wouldn’t be there,” he tells PEOPLE at GQ’s Men of the Year party at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood. “I think the circumstances a lot of times dictates things, right?” But the music mogul says he is not his father, a subject he also addresses on “New Day” from his new album, Watch the Throne. “I’m just a different kind of guy,” he says. “I’m a highly principled person.” “I come from a real place where you had to be a highly principled person,” he continues, “so, I’m pretty confident that I’ll figure it out.” (People)
In a new GQ Magazine feature, Jay reflects on his late father, Adnis Reeves‘ struggles with alcohol.
Reeves loved all the things Jay-Z loves today– sports, food, and especially music. He had the best record collection in the neighborhood. … But when his brother was murdered, Reeves imploded. Slipped into alcoholism and other forms of substance abuse. “He was gone,” Jay says. “He was not himself.” Jay’s mother, Gloria Carter, tried to push him to see his son; there were meetings scheduled that Reeves didn’t show up for. They didn’t see each other again until 2003. “[I talked about] what it did to me, what it meant, asked him why. There was no real answer. There was nothing he could say, because there’s no excuse for that. There really isn’t. So there was nothing he could say to satisfy me, except to hear me out. And it was up to me to forgive and let it go.” By then the doctors had told Reeves to quit drinking, and Reeves had kept on drinking, and a month after he and Jay had that conversation–which Jay wrote about on The Black Album‘s “Moment of Clarity”–he died. (GQ)
A couple days ago, Beyonce addressed recent gossip claiming she was faking her pregnancy.
“You know, there are certain things that’s so far [from the truth], it doesn’t even upset you. My mother? She’s like, ‘Nobody’s talking about my grandbaby! My grandbaby’s not ever here yet. I’m like, ‘Calm down mom, it’s okay. It’s really silly.’ ‘I don’t like it!,’ and I’m like, ‘Calm down.’ So my mom is really protective and so is my sister. But I’m cool and it’s so ridiculous and over the top.” (“20/20″)
Check out Beyonce showing off her baby bump down below: