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Jay-Z Never Said He Would Stop Using 'Bitch' in Lyrics

Contrary to reports, the rapper made no such claim after birth of daughter

January 18, 2012 4:35 PM ET
Jay-Z performs at the iHeartRadio Music Festival held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Jay-Z performs at the iHeartRadio Music Festival held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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Despite widespread reports, Jay-Z has apparently made no claim that he'll stop using the word "bitch" in his lyrics following the birth of his daughter. The story "is B.S.," TMZ founder Harvey Levin tweeted earlier today, citing one of the rapper's representatives as his source.

Earlier this week, many news outlets reported W.E.N.N.'s claim that it had obtained a poem attributed to the rapper that reads in part, "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." Some fans were quick to question the poem's authenticity.

Earlier this month, Jay-Z and his wife, Beyoncé, announced the birth of their first child, Blue Ivy Carter. Jay-Z celebrated the occasion by rush-releasing a song called "Glory," which had family-friendly lyrics.

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