By Shakira Atitebi
Yesterday was Jay-Z’s 42nd birthday and the hip-hop mogul certainly has a few things to celebrate. In addition to his impressive list of career accomplishments this year, nothing can beat the gift of becoming a father. Though Jay-Z’s own father abandoned him when he was young, the rapper has made it clear that he will not repeat that mistake. “I come from a real place where you had to be highly principled person, so, I’m pretty confident that I’ll figure it out,” he told People at GQ’s Men of the Year party. We don’t doubt that Jay-Z will be a great dad, but Wu-Tang’s RZA, who has a 6-year-old son, has some great advice for Hov on fatherhood via XXL.
“What can I say? It’s hard to tell somebody about their own. A father is not only He Who Fat Her; no, but it’s somebody who also furthers,” RZA began. “Further the education of others. And if you could do that for your seed, then you doing what you do. You doing the right thing. We grew up without fathers. I’m quite sure he had the same situation as me: father absent. So we turned to the streets, music, and other things for a father. Be there. You know what I mean? Because a father is the one who will further a child’s education.”
RZA went on to talk about a line he dedicated to late Wu-Tang rapper ODB in the song “Gone.” I did a song that I put out for ODB’s memory, it’s called “Gone.” I said a line in there, it says: “Through our seeds, we all reach eternity.” I believe that. Through our children—now you immortal. Now you are immortal. Your genes will go, go, go, go. You get married, and the preacher says, “What God has joined, let no man put asunder.” That’s impossible. “Asunder” means separate. Our divorce rate is big in our country. The true marriage is the sperm and the egg. Because when those two things combine and form a life, you can’t separate. You can’t separate your father and your mother out of you. Nor will your children be able to. It’s eternally enjoined.”