Jay-Z recalled during a Rap Radar
Podcast interview how he had to convince his mother to let him release "Smile."
"We had a beautiful conversation, and it lead to me making that song, and I didn't have the permission to make the song," he said. "When she first heard the song, she was like 'absolutely not.' I was like man, this is so important. So many people in the world, hiding, and things like this, and this'll help you."