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Jay-Z Talks Fear of Fatherhood + Inspiration Behind ‘Jay-Z Blue’ + ‘Heaven’ Tracks [Video]

Jay-Z‘s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ track about his daughter, ‘Jay-Z Blue (Daddy Dearest),’ wasn’t just inspired by Blue Ivy. It was also inspired by his own father … or lack thereof.

Of course, Blue is his first muse — and Beyonce, of course. In a new video featuring producer Rick Rubin, Hov explains how being a father has changed his outlook not just on music, but also on life and on himself.

“It’s something that we both created … we still marvel at her,” he gushed over his little girl with Bey. “It’s most obvious on a song called ‘Jay-Z Blue,’” he explained. “It deals with my pop left when I was young, so he didn’t teach me how to be a man nor how to raise a child or treat a woman.”

Jay gets choked up slightly but chuckles, “So of course, with my karma, the two things I needed I don’t have and I have a daughter,” he said. So the final message of ‘Jay-Z Blue (Daddy Dearest)’ isn’t just a love song to his baby girl, but also something slightly darker: “It’s the paranoia of not being a great dad.”

As for ‘Heaven,’ Hov explains, “For me, my idea of Heaven is in your daughter’s laughter; Hell could be if your child is missing for three minutes — you’re in three minutes of hell. It’s just not my belief that a just God would make you burn for eternity for [the] free will that he gave you.”

Relax, Jigga. We think you’re doing a great job. Maybe because King Bey wouldn’t dare settle for anything less than that!

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