Jay-Z’s Rap Radar Interview Is Now On YouTube; Gloria Carter Talks “Smile”

blame it on Patrick Glynn September 7, 2017

No Tidal, no problem.

Last week, a lengthy interview with Jay-Z appeared on TiDAL. And now, it’s available to all via YouTube.

The interview lasted over two hours and 10 minutes. Among topics discussed include: his relationship with Kanye West, the ins and outs of his 4:44 album, his mom coming out to him as gay and her contributions to “Smile,” the late Prodigy, his relationship with Solange and how the elevator incident with Beyoncé affected his marriage, and plenty more.

I don’t know how many more opportunities we’ll have to hear Jay go this in-depth about new music, so buckle in and get to listening below.

Speaking of Jay-Z’s mom, Gloria Carter recently sat down with the D’Usse Friday podcast to discuss her relationship with her son and how everything with “Smile” came together.

Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian/
Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian

“Me and my son, we share a lot of information,” Ms. Carter says. “I was sitting there one day and I just finally started telling him who I was. Besides your mother, this is the person that I am. This is the life that I live. So my son started actually tearing, because he’s like, ‘That had to be a horrible life, Ma’’ I was like, ‘My life was never horrible. It was just… different.’ So that made him want to do a song about it.”

“The first time I heard the song I was like, ‘ahhh, I ain’t feeling that,’ she continued. “When it first happened, I was sharing myself with you, not to share myself with the world. We talked about it and then I was going out to see him. I was on the plane like, ‘okay, I’ma help him.’ I wrote that [poem] while I was on the plane going to L.A. He was like, ‘Wow.’ I started reading it and he was taping me.”