"Glory" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Rapper cuts cleaner-than-usual track honoring new daughter.

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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


Reference to miscarriage. Mention of dying of liver failure.


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."

What 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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Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018
Teen, 13 years old Written byBig Fan August 2, 2018

Great song, but too much for younger kids

I think this is a great song. But it is still best for older kids. It's very positive and pretty clean, but there is one pretty intense moment. Infrequent... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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

  • Artist: Jay-Z
  • Release date: January 9, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: ROC Nation
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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