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You know what they say, mothers raise their daughters and love their sons. And the sons do sure love ’em for it. I know way more men who dote on their moms than women do. It’s just a different relationship. Nowhere is that adoration and idolization of mothers more apparent than the relationship between rappers and their moms. They may try to act tough for their records but they always express a soft spot for their mothers. Always. Even if they’re profiting from misogynist lyrics, you can bet that half of that royalty check is going to make sure mama is happy and taken care of.

Everyone is familiar with the camera-shy Gloria Carter even though she’s generally not out and about like some rappers’ moms. Her image is weaved into many a song by her superstar son Jay-Z. She even got a coveted spot narrating the Black Album. Oh yeah, and Jay does refer to his mom as one of his best friends. Ahhhh.

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