They say your first child changes you in ways you wouldn't believe, which rings true for Jay-Z, who's vowed to retire "b*tch" from his vocabulary.
In a gift to his newborn daughter Jay penned a poem explaining to her why he would never use the word again, declaring "degradation has passed." He also changed the lyrics to his hit single "I Got 99 problems, but a b*tch ain't one," to "lady."
Read the full poem:
"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./ I never realized while on the fast track/ that I'd give riddance to the word bitch, to leave her innocence in tact./ No man will degrade her, or call her out her name/ the women won't despise her and call her the same./ I know it's gonna miss me/ cuz we been together like Nike Airs and crisp tees/ when we all used to hang out front/ singing 99 problems but a lady ain't one./ Excuse me miss, can I be your mister/ cuz I can tell the difference from a little girl and a sister,/ She never grew up, her father left her alone/ I promise not to talk like we used to/ until Kingdom Come./ I'm so focused on your future,/ The degradation has passed/ I wish you wealth, health, and insight/ forever young you may pass./ Blue Ivy Carter, my angel."