So finally, the moment many fans have been waiting for has arrived; singer/actor/writer/MEGA SUPER STAR AWESOME SAUCE Beyonce Knowles-Carter gave birth to her first child with husband and greatest rapper alive Jay-Z (my favourite alive!) on January 7, 2012. In the entertainment world this is old news even though their daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, is only five days old, but so far she is featured on her first song called “Glory” which Jay released the other day. Blue has now become the youngest person to make the Billboard charts and currently sits at No. 74 on the R&B/Hip Hop singles charts. We knew that she was coming into a powerful family but this is pretty crazy. This little girl doesn’t even know how huge she already is!
Apparently Jay chose ‘Blue’ because it’s his favourite colour (Blueprint, Yankees) and Bey chose Ivy because 4 (I-V which is 4 in Roman numerals ) is her favourite number (her bday, Jay’s bday, her latest album name).
While this historical moment is great for music I’m still in awe of all of this. Some people are wondering why everyone is making such a big deal out of this and have made comments like, “Who cares? Women have babies every day. It’s not that serious.” Whether these people actually believe their own words or not, it’s not that simple. As a huge fan of Jay and Bey I feel like this is monumental, not just because they’re having a child, but because of how they got to this point without any outside influence. From the beginning of their careers they have managed to keep their personal life private. In an industry where every move a celebrity makes has become increasingly accessible you would think they would fall “victim” to that same kind of exposure however it’s quite the opposite.
As awarded as their careers are Jay-Z and Beyonce have been able to keep their names out of the tabloids for one simple reason; they keep their business to themselves. If you’ve followed either of their careers you would know that both are very good at dodging personal questions during interviews without seeming rude and this just makes me love them more. I respect their determination to keep most of their relationship to themselves because the industry thrives on ripping people apart and over-analyzing every move. So I guess if you don’t give people anything to talk about they just have to guess, and it’s not as if that sort of attitude has hurt their career anyway.
Individually both have developed their name into a brand that holds a lot of weight. Jay is the top earner on Forbe’s Hip Hop Top Earners list with $250 million and Beyonce comes in with $289 million of her own.
Knowing all this makes me gush over this news even more! Yes, I get it, women give birth every day all over the world. It’s nothing new. But this is BEYONCE and JAY-Z!! I feel happy for them as if I know them, and as weird as that sounds I know I’m not the only one. Everyone has their things they get excited about and as foolish as this may seem I think this is pretty amazing that they’ve reached this step in their relationship. They’ve always been asked when they’ll have kids and have always managed to make it seem like those plans are in the far distance. Then when Bey proudly showed off her baby bump at last year’s VMA Awards (on my birthday August 28th – woop!) everyone went nutso! And rightly so. It’s almost as if I expected her to somehow get pregnant and go unnoticed because she had already done such a good job at remaining private before.
So yes, this is nothing short of EPIC. And just when I thought I was coming down from my high Jay drops Glory and sends me spinning with admiration all over again! Who can deny how phenomenal this is when you hear Blue crying and cooing all throughout the track?? Not I. The song itself shows how much Jay is beaming with pride and love. I listened several times and tweeted about it furiously quoting lyrics and highlighting shocking moments where he reveals they had already been through a miscarriage.
I’m genuinely happy for them although they may never know this. I also hope Blue remains healthy and they get to experience all the joys and amazingness that comes with having a child. One day I’ll know what that feels like, but for now I’ll just let Jay tell it.
For a brilliantly thorough understanding of the song read Toure’s piece at TIME.com
Jay-Z’s ‘Glory’ for Blue: One of Hip-Hop’s Greatest Love Songs