Rumi and Sir Knowles-Carter are the twin deities that sprang forth from the blessed womb of Beyonce back in June. As all things concerning Queen Bey and her consort Jay-Z are, the meaning of the twins’ names is vitally important! Their eldest daughter, five-year-old Blue Ivy, was obviously named after plants and colors. I kid; Blue was inspired by a Rebecca Solnit poem, and Ivy is supposedly a riff on the Roman numeral IV. The number four is a big deal for the Carters, in regards to birth dates and anniversaries and album titles and what have you. But what’s the deal with daughter Rumi’s name? And did Bey and Jay merely want the servants addressing their son Sir properly from the jump? The second part of Jay-Z’s interview with the Rap Radar podcast (via Us Weekly) revealed all!
Hova says that Rumi was named for famed 13th-century Persian poet Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, aka just Rumi. And as for Sir – he came out of that holy land between Beyonce’s legs wrapped in placenta and all man!
“Rumi is our favorite poet, so it was for our daughter. And then Sir was, like, man, come out the gate. He carries himself like that. He just came out, like, Sir.”
Rumi is sweet. But methinks that, with that name and those parents, there’s a possibility that Sir could become a hellish egomaniac. Although he might find it hard to make friends. Who the hell wants to be addressing a dude named “Sir” all the time? Yes, sir. No, sir. No, thank you!
Other tidbits from the interview included the story behind Blue Ivy’s freestyle rap on Jay-Z’s new album, 4:44. The girl is five and busted out rhymes all on her own. Supposedly. Does anyone buy this story? Who am I kidding, it’s Beyonce and Jay-Z’s daughter. She’s probably already turned water into Goût de Diamants.
“She got the headphones and she climbed on the little stool, and then she just started rapping…I was like, ‘Oh, shit. I have [her full freestyle] on my phone. Five minutes! Five minutes of her doing that.”
Blue Ivy knows what a “hook” is. I thought it was a terrible Blues Traveler song. The more you know!
“She kept doing that ‘boom shakalaka, boom shakalaka’ [part]. 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 fuck is going on in here?’ One of the great memories.”
In other Jay-Z news, he explained how he’s irritated with his former protege, moody rap malcontent Kanye West, in the first part of the Rap Radar interview. According to In Touch, he held back and he’s more than irritated with Yeezus for calling out his family during last November’s meltdown. He’s actually fucking done professionally with Kim Kardashian’s ass overseer!
A source close to Hova reveals to In Touch that he meant every word he said. “Jay knows that his comments will only make things worse, but he doesn’t care,” the insider says. “Talking about his family is the final straw. Jay’s done with Kanye.”
Uh, huh. That straw’s gonna find itself some new friends when the correct dollar amount is mentioned. That’s when you’ll see KanJay spitting rhymes in a cozy recording studio built for two like nothing ever happened. This is America, we know how it works.