It gets worse, baby momma water burst
Baby came out stillborn, still I gotta move on
Though my heart still torn, life gone from her womb
Don't worry, if it was meant to be, it'll be soon

from Jay Z (Ft. Beanie Sigel & Scarface) – This Can't Be Life Lyrics on Rap Genius


Interestingly, this mention of a Jay’s stillborn baby matches up with other stuff he had said in songs around this period. In the previous year, on Amil’s song “For Da Fam”, Jay mentioned that he was “having a child” (while, tight-lipped about his love life as ever — at least in pre-Beyonce days — he never mentioned the mother)

However, in Decoded, Jay admits that the miscarriage written about here actually happened in 1994

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