Covering the November issue of Vanity Fair, Jay-Z gives a revealing interview about his life and opensbeing a first-time dad to 20-month-old daughter, Blue Ivy.
The rapper admits he doesn’t play his music around the house, but his daughter did fall in love with his twelfth studio album, Magna Carta . . . Holy Grail.
“She does like her mother’s music — she watches [Beyonce's concerts] on the computer every night. But my album came out and I don’t know if Blue ever heard any of my music prior to this album — she’s only 18 months old and I don’t play my music around the house,” Jay Z explains, adding, “But this album was new, so we played it. And she loves all the songs. She plays a song and she goes, ‘More, Daddy, more . . . Daddy song.’ She’s my biggest fan. If no one bought the Magna Carta [album], the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy. And that’s not like a cliche. I’m really serious. Just to see her — ‘Daddy song, more, Daddy.’ She’s genuine, she’s honest, because she doesn’t know it makes me happy. She just wants to hear it.”
Jay-Z also defends his wife Beyonce against rumors that she wasn’t really pregnant with Blue Ivy back in January.
“It’s just so stupid. You know, I felt dismissive about it, but you’ve got to feel for her. I mean, we’ve got a really charmed life, so how can we complain? But when you think about it, we’re still human beings,” he explains. “And even in hip-hop, all the blogs — they had a field day with it. I’m like, We come from you guys, we represent you guys. Why are you perpetuating this? Why are you adding fuel to this ridiculous rumor?”"
The proud dad admits that he and Beyonce did trademark their daughter’s name, but with good intention.
“People wanted to make products based on our child’s name and you don’t want anybody trying to benefit off your baby’s name,” he says. “It wasn’t for us to do anything; as you see, we haven’t done anything.”
Pick up Vanity Fair to read the full interview!