“I work and work 'til I'm half-dead and I hear people saying, "She's getting old," and what do I get? A daughter who cares as much about the beautiful dresses I give her as she cares about ME!”
The song samples scenes from Mommie Dearest best selling memoir, turned motion picture. It depicts the abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother, screen queen Joan Crawford.
As a father, Jay is in a very similar position here. After being in the game for seemingly forever, having released Reasonable Doubt 17 years ago, Jay has been hard at work for a long time. But at the moment, no matter what people think if him, all that matters is his daughter’s happiness.
On the lyrics sheet that Jay put out via the MCHG Samsung app, he titled the song Jay-Z Blue (Daddy Dearest), highlighting the similarities between the film and his life. He goes on to use the term Daddy Dearest later in the song.
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