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“I got 99 problems, but a lady ain’t one.”

Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it but…Jay-Z is retiring his usage of the b-word. In a gift to his newborn daughter, Jay wrote a poem explaining to her why he would never use the word again, declaring “degradation has passed.” Check out the full poem below.

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 b—-, 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

Good for Jay.

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