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Jay-Z Explains How He And Beyonce Picked Out Their Babies’ Names

Jay-Z Explains How He And Beyonce Picked Out Their Babies’ Names
Updated 9 months ago

We celebrated the power couple as they introduced their twin babies, Rumi and Sir Carter, and we marveled at Bey's arresting image as Madonna with children:

Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today. 🙏🏽❤️👨🏽👩🏽👧🏽👶🏾👶🏾

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Now that Bey has brought a new generation of royalty into the world, we're left wondering inspired those names? 

Jay-Z finally revealed the names' origins:

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.

 So what's the latest on Daddy-Z?

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.

What musical tricks will Rumi and Sir have up their sleeves? We can hardly wait to find out.