Jay-Z Opens Up About ‘New Day’ and His Father

As one of GQ’s Men Of The Year, Jay-Z spent some time opening about his personal life and the effect his dad’s absence had on him as a child. Hov spoke in detail about his very personal track “New Day,” in which the rapper speaks to an unborn son. When the conversation shifted to his own father-less upbringing, Hov let the words go from his heart.

“If your dad died before you were born, yeah, it hurts—but it’s not like you had a connection with something that was real,” Jay says. “Not to say it’s any better—but to have that connection and then have it ripped away was, like, the worst. My dad was such a good dad that when he left, he left a huge scar. He was my superhero.”

“[I talked about] what it did to me, what it meant, asked him why. There was no real answer. There was nothing he could say, because there’s no excuse for that. There really isn’t. So there was nothing he could say to satisfy me, except to hear me out. And it was up to me to forgive and let it go.”