JAY-Z revealed why he and his wife Beyoncé chose the distinctive names Rumi and Sir for their twins, People magazine reports.
In a "Rap Radar" podcast, the music-industry titan chatted with hosts Elliot Wilson and Brian Miller about how those names came to the couple for their babies, born June 13.
“Rumi is our favorite poet, so it was for our daughter,” he said. “Sir was like, 'Man, come out the gate!' He carries himself like that. He just came out, like, Sir.”
His other child, 5-year-old Blue Ivy, has already made her rapping debut on his "4:44" album. Of that musical collaboration, JAY-Z recalled, "She got the headphones and she climbed on the little stool, and then she just started rapping... 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.'"
Speaking of hooks, you'll hear plenty of those when JAY-Z, 47, hits the road on his next tour, starting in October. He says he waited to tour until the fall for a very important reason — he wanted some time to be Daddy to his new twins. “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. They’ll be with me [on my tour] anyway... I’m just focused on them... That’s why the tour is so far away from the release of the album."