Producer: No I.D., Jay-Z
Album: 4:44
Label: Roc Nation/Universal

Gloria Carter had dropped in on her son’s studio sessions before, most significantly to recall a young Shawn Corey’s birth and childhood on 2003’s “December 4th.” But for his most personal album to date, Jay opened up about his mother’s interior life as well, revealing her struggles as a closeted lesbian over a warmly reassuring sample of Stevie Wonder’s “Love’s In Need of Love Today.” The song ends with Gloria’s own poem about “living two lives, happy but not free. ” In April 2018, the song’s video, starring Dominique Fishback as a young Gloria, was honored at the GLAAD Media Awards.