Jay-Z and his girlfriend of three years, Rosario Dawson. Hov and Dawson dated from 1997 to 2000, and some even say that they were set to have a child together until she miscarried before their break-up. As with anything in Jay’s private life it is unconfirmed, but Hov did speak on the subject of how he was becoming a father soon on his protege Amil’s song 4 Da Fam in early 2000, and then expressed his grief over a miscarriage in his own song This Can’t Be Life later that year. In a Vibe magazine cover interview in November 2000 the article explains "Yes, he did have a child on the way as he rapped on Amil’s ‘4 Da Fam’, but he stops short of giving a reason why that’s no longer the case.”
Many years later in his book Decoded Hov told readers that the verse on TCBL was actually about his first girlfriend, Stephanie, who miscarried back in 1994. Hov and ‘Fannie’ dated for five years, and she followed him to New York, but she left to return to Virginia when Hov formed Roc-A-Fella and started working tirelessly on Reasonable Doubt. As Hov explains, “my level of commitment to her couldn’t compete with what I was willing to give to make this rap thing work. I didn’t record it till years later, but “Song Cry” had been writing itself in my head ever since Fannie left me to go home to Virginia.”
It’s a Hard Knock Life!
The 2014 version of the classic musical Annie now has a trailer! Starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx, the film is being produced by Jay Z and Will Smith, and Hov will be providing all new songs for the soundtrack. Head over to YouTube now to catch the trailer. Will you be heading to the cinemas this Christmas?