"Glory" (CD Single)



Rapper cuts cleaner-than-usual track honoring new daughter.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Positive messages about inspiring a child to avoid making the same mistakes her parents (and grandparents) did.

Positive role models

The song is about being a loving parent who supports his or her child.


Reference to miscarriage. Mention of dying of liver failure.

Not applicable

One use of the word "s--t."


Mention of London's fashionable shopping street Savile Row.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A couple of lines about alcoholism: "Your grand pop died of liquor failure, then he died of liver failure."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Glory" is a fairly clean song, especially by Jay-Z standards. Filled largely with lyrics about how much he loves his new baby girl, the song steers clear of profanity (aside from one use of the word "s--t") and explicit allusions to substance use or violence. That said, a couple references to a previous miscarriage and mention of his father's alcoholism make the track a bit too mature for younger tweens.

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What's the story?

"GLORY" is the new single from Jay-Z that's dedicated to arguably one of the most famous babies in the world: Blue Ivy Carter, the rapper's infant daughter with his wife, R&B star Beyonce. As befits a song about a baby, Jay-Z keeps this track clean, using no profanity, other than one word ("s--t"), and no super-graphic references to describe his overwhelming feelings of love for his new daughter: "The most amazing feeling I feel / Words can’t describe what I’m feeling for real / Baby, I paint the sky blue / My greatest creation was you, you, you, glory."

Is it any good?


This track has a celebratory yet mellow vibe that finds a somewhat subdued Jay-Z expressing feelings of awe about his new daughter. Delivering his rhymes in a slow but powerful style, Jay-Z leaves no doubt about his conviction.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how life may change for superstars Jay-Z and Beyonce now that a baby has entered their lives. Does having a child make celebrities more relatable? More popular?

  • Do you think Jay-Z will make less graphic music now that he is a father? Why or why not?

Music details

Release date:January 9, 2012
Label:ROC Nation
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old January 29, 2012

What about his daughter?

Half-and-half with this song. Half, aww, this is so sweet, he really loves his daughter, and half, why did he say all the things he did? The fact that a song, dedicated to Blue-Ivy, swears, is just a bit...odd, I guess. How is his sweet little girl going to be able to listen to it? When she's about 12, perhaps. I'm not so sure.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bynatedogg360 August 10, 2013

Kind of inappropriate song with lots of cussing, though not as bad as other rap songs.

This song is okay, nothing bad about the quality of the song, just the cussing. They say the "a" word, "s" word, and worse of all, the "N" word. Know your kid before letting them listen to this semi-explicit track.
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Great messages
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written byHorace Williams November 19, 2014

*bleep*ing awesome.

Holy sh*t, this song is good. Awesome beat, positive messages, and even positive role models. Bravo Jay Z, bravo! *claps hands*.


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