Now that Bey has brought a new generation of royalty into the world, we're left wondering inspired those names?
On a Rap Radar podcast with Elliott Wilson and Brian Miller, Jay-Z said he and Bey were inspired by 13th-century Persian poet Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī.
Rumi is our favorite poet, so it was for our daughter.
Jay-Z said their son came into the world with a built-in commanding presence.
Sir was like, man, come out the gate. He carries himself like that. He just came out, like, Sir.
I booked the tour for October so I could have at least four months … to just really bond and see their fingers and s*** like that. They’ll be with me [on tour] anyway, but I’m just saying, like, [I needed] a space where I’m not doing nothing, I’m just focused on them. I’m not thinking about a show at night or anything like that. That’s why the tour is so far away from the release of the album.
Meanwhile, 5-year-old big sister Blue Ivy is dipping her toes in the music industry. She made her debut with a 45-second freestyle rap on her father's "4:44" album in a bonus track aptly titled, "Blue's Freestyle/We Family." Jay-Z said:
She kept doing that 'boom shakalaka, boom shakalaka.' I was like, 'Oh, she understands the concept of a hook.' She's 5, and she understands the concept of a hook. I was like, 'What the f--- is going on here?' One of the great memories.
That apple didn't fall far from the tree.