Now that's a baby announcement.
Two days after singer Beyonce reportedly gave birth to a daughter, Blue Ivy (oh, those wacky celebrity baby names), father Jay-Z confirmed the news with a telling new song, made available online on Monday.
Listen to the track here...
"Glory" is a slow beat with minimal sound effects, over which the proud new baby daddy celebrates the happy occasion. "My greatest creation was you," Jay-Z raps, adding that the girl was "everything I prayed for" and "the most beautiful thing in the world."
"Get ready for part two / a younger, smarter, faster me," he continues -- possibly a legacy lyric from Jay-Z's considerable previous gushing about the couple's child.
He'd been expecting a boy.
On "Watch the Throne," last summer's collaboration album between Jay-Z and Kanye West, both rappers deliver the poignant "New Day," a song addressed to their future sons. (Beyonce was expecting at the time; West is not.) Addressing the fictional child as "junior," Jay-Z raps about memorable moments he hopes to have with his boy, such as, "I just wanna take you to a barber" and "At 13 we'll have our first drink together." (Jay-Z, though, had previously noted "I got daughters on the way" in the song "Beach Chair" from 2006's "Kingdom Come" album.)
When the duo performed the song in concert in December at Chicago's United Center, they sat on the lip of the stage with arms around each other. West also hooted and slapped Jay-Z's back in the front row when Beyonce announced her pregnancy to the world last August at the MTV Video Music Awards via a simple rub of her swollen belly.
"Glory" reveals other details, as well, namely that Blue Ivy was conceived in Paris and followed a previous miscarriage: "Last time the miscarriage was so tragic / We was afraid you'd disappear / But, nah, baby you magic."
Just two days old, Blue Ivy already boasts her first recorded performance. "Glory" is credited to Jay-Z (born Shawn Carter) as well as "feat. B.I.C.," likely Blue Ivy Carter. The track ends with sounds of a baby crying. (The song also features some cooing by singer Pharrell Williams.)
"You're my child of a child from Destiny's Child / That's a hell of a recipe," Jay-Z raps.
The tune joins other pop songs celebrating musician-born kids, such as Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely?" (1976, about the birth of his daughter Aisha) and "To Zion" by Lauryn Hill (1998, about her first child, Zion David).
It's the first child for the power couple, who wed in 2008 in a private ceremony after a years-long courtship.