Following the birth of his daughter

Jay-Z has published a new poem in which he vows to stop using the word 'bitch'.

Hip hop and women's rights have a strange relationship. For every rapper fuelled by a sense of social consciousness there is an MC so stuffed full of machismo that they can barely fit into a YouTube clip.

Now Jay-Z - one of rap's biggest names - has vowed to stop using the word 'bitch'. Recently celebrating the birth of his daughter Blue Ivy Carter, the rapper has published a poem in which he vows to change his ways. (via NME)

The poem reads:

"Before I got in the game, made a change, and got rich/I didn’t think hard about using the word bitch/I rapped, I flipped it, I sold it, I lived it/Now with my daughter in this world I curse those that give it".

"No man will degrade her, or call her name. 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".

The news comes as a surprise to fans, not least since the rapper's breakthrough single '99 Problems' repeatedly uses the boast "I've got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one".

Releasing the single 'Glory' to celebrate the birth of his daughter, Jay-Z went as far as to sample the young infant. Now Blue Ivy Carter has been named the youngest person to feature on the Billboard chart, with 'Glory' sitting at number 74.

In a rather less suitable move, drug dealers in Los Angeles have reportedly reacted by naming a new strain of weed after the rapper's child.

Jay-Z and Beyonce have yet to comment on the claims.

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