In a few months Jay-Z will be a father, and through much of his music we've already heard anecdotes of his relationship with his dad and what he envisions for himself and his offspring. The most recent track to visit that topic is "New Day" on Hov and Ye's Watch The Throne.
Rap legend and producer Rza collaborated with The Throne on the fatherly track. Rza in turn recently sat down with XXL to offer the rap mogul some advice on what it takes to be a father.
Read what RZA had to say below.
What can I say? It's hard to tell somebody about their own. A father is not only He Who Fat Her; no, but it's somebody who also furthers. Further the education of others. And if you could do that for your seed, then you doing what you do. You doing the right thing. We grew up without fathers. I'm quite sure he had the same situation as me: father absent. So we turned to the streets, music, and other things for a father.
Be there. You know what I mean? Because a father is the one who will further a child's education.
I did a song that I put out for ODB's memory, it's called "Gone." I said a line in there, it says: "Through our seeds, we all reach eternity." I believe that. Through our children—now you immortal. Now you are immortal. Your genes will go, go, go, go.
You get married, and the preacher says, "What God has joined, let no man put asunder." That's impossible. "Asunder" means separate. Our divorce rate is big in our country. The true marriage is the sperm and the egg. Because when those two things combine and form a life, you can't separate. You can't separate your father and your mother out of you. Nor will your children be able to. It's eternally enjoined.
What do you think about RZA's advice?