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Review: Jay-Z in high gush mode on song for his baby

Jay-Z in 2008

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In a song to his newborn bundle of baby girl, a joyful Jay-Z declares "words can't describe what I'm feeling." But that doesn't stop the hip-hop icon from rapping on a new song called Glory, an expressive musical press release and birth announcement on Blue Ivy Carter, the first child of Shawn Corey Carter and his wife and fellow superstar, the singer Beyoncé.

In the spirit of Stevie Wonder's Isn't She Lovely from 1976 (about his baby daughter Aisha), the unabashedly proud papa is in high gush mode on a rhythmically laidback track that includes what might be a sample of the tiny Blue Ivy's cooing. The three-minute-and-42-second-song concludes with the sounds of crying from a newborn. Indeed, the single (posted Monday on Jay-Z's Life + Times website) is identified as "Glory feat. B.I.C."

This destiny's child won't receive an allowance, but a royalty check instead.

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The cut begins with a stuttering intro, before Jay-Z begins rapping over a chilled R&B groove: "Baby, I paint the sky blue / My greatest creation was you." In between the rhymes, an unnamed singer lightly croons the titular refrain in a soulful falsetto.

At about the half-minute mark, the tempo jumps slightly and the backing track brightens considerably. "False alarms and false starts," the Single Ladies singer raps, "all made better by the sound of your heart." Later he drops a bombshell with "Last time the miscarriage was so tragic, we was afraid you disappeared." Through a song, Beyoncé's previous apparent pregnancies and the miscarriage are revealed publicly for the first time.

In Jay-Z's world, rhymes are handed out like cigars, with Glory being the fine, if sweet, smoke

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