Jay Z Releases Visual To One Of His Most Personal Songs In Years (Video)

Jay Z has been making headlines recently through his new business venture with Tidal. In support of the new music streaming business, he released a music video for the song “Glory,” reminding us that he is an artist and a father first and foremost.

Before Common & John Legend were winning awards for their own “Glory,” Jay Z released a song of the same title back in 2012 as a tribute to his daughter, Blue Ivy, and as a reflection on his entry into fatherhood. The music video itself is also from 2012, as it shows footage of Jay Z and many more musicians rehearsing for a couple shows he did at New York’s Carnegie Hall in February of that year. These shows at Carnegie Hall raised funds for the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, supporting the fight against poverty and boosting on-time graduation rates in under-served NYC schools.

In the video, Roc Nation (and now Jamla’s) Young Guru can be seen working with an entire orchestra, as well as Alicia Keys. Other cameos include Nas and Questlove, as there is footage from the actual concert itself. The song is so heartfelt that Jay can be heard saying “I think some songs shouldn’t be rehearsed.” Check out the video below:

Related: Jay-Z and Beyonce welcomed their daughter, Blue Ivy, into the world on Saturday. Jay-Z did an intimate song about her and his entry to fatherhood. Check out Glory, produced by and featuring Pharrell.