When the Carter twins – a wee boy and a girl – arrived back in June, quite a few (rude) people were unimpressed with Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby name choices.
Poets and princes
Of course, Rumi and Sir’s mum and dad had their own very good reasons for selecting these short and sweet names, and Jay-Z’s revealed their motivation in a very recent interview with podcast Rap Radar.
The rapper and dad-of-three confirmed that daughter Rumi was named after the prolific 13th century Persian poet, as many had speculated.
“Rumi is our favorite poet, so it was for our daughter,” Jay-Z told Rap Radar hosts Elliot Wilson and Brian Miller. Jay-Z said that his son’s name was chosen to match the little guy’s confident demeanour: “Sir was, like, man, come out the gate. He carries himself like that. He just came out, like, Sir.”
“Sh*t like that”
Jay-Z, who’s also dad to 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, said he took a few months off around the birth to ensure he could spend some time getting to know his new babies.
“I booked the tour for October so I could have at least four months … to just really bond and see their fingers and sh*t like that,” he said. #LOL
He also noted that the family would be together when his upcoming tour rolled out, but that he realised it was important to have some distraction-free time to bond with the kids.
“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.”
“One of the great memories”
Jay said his eldest daughter Blue Ivy shares her parents’ natural aptitude for music, revealing her talents in the recording studio one day, alongside her dad. Blue’s vocals appear on the track Legacy on Jay-Z’s newly-released 4:44 album (listen below!)
“She got the headphones and she climbed on the little stool, and then she just started rapping,” Jay-Z explained. “I was like, ‘Oh sh*t’ I have [her full freestyle] on my phone. Five minutes! Five minutes of her doing that.”
“She kept doing that ‘boom shakalaka, boom shakalaka.’ I was like, ‘Oh, she understands the concept of a hook. She’s five and she understands the concept of a hook. I was like, ‘What the f*ck is going on here?’ One of the great memories.”
It seems this family have the next 100+ years sorted when it comes to long-lasting musical legacy!