Jay-Z's 'touching' song about his newborn
"My greatest creation was you," the new dad raps on a just-released track in honor of — and featuring the apparent first cries of — baby Blue Ivy Carter
The audio: Blue Ivy Carter, the heralded progeny of music superstars Beyonce and Jay-Z, may be just days old, but she's already making a guest appearance on a buzzy new hip-hop track. On Monday, new dad Jay-Z released "Glory," featuring "B.I.C." — the initials for Blue Ivy Carter. (Hear it below.) In the "touching" track, Jay-Z raps his awe over his daughter: "The most amazing feeling I feel/ Words can't describe what I'm feeling for real/ Maybe I paint the sky blue/ My greatest creation was you. You. Glory." The candid song reveals where baby Blue was conceived (Paris), acknowledges that Beyonce had a previous miscarriage, and ends with the sound of a baby's cries — reportedly Blue Ivy's first.
The reaction: "Leave it to the Hova to get his daughter on a song when she is less than 48 hours old," says Amy Sciaretto at Popcrush. Hearing little baby Blue cry is "really the sweetest thing." It's surprising that Jay is so candid in the track as well; the news of the miscarriage is quite tragic. This song and its lyrics may be uncharacteristically simple and straightforward for the rapper, says Aylin Zafar at TIME. But it's still "refreshing and heartwarming to [hear] the rap giant humbled by his creation of life." Sure, it's sweet, says Steven Hyden at The A.V. Club. But let's be honest: The track is "pretty mushy." Judge for yourself: