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It’s the explanation the Beyhive (and the rest of us) have been waiting on for months: What’s the story behind the names Rumi and Sir?

According to PEOPLE, in a recent interview with Rap Radar hosts Elliot Wilson and Brian MillerJay-Z says that he and his wife Beyoncé had good reasons for why they chose these eclectic names for their 2-month-old twins.

“Rumi is our favorite poet, so it was for our daughter,” the”4:44″ rapper shared.

According to the Huff Post, the poet the rapper is referring to is the 13th century poet Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī and while “Sir” was rumored to be a name from a line of Rumi’s poetry, that isn’t quite the case.

“Sir was like, man, come out the gate. He carries himself like that. He just came out, like, Sir,” the 47-year-old explained.

During that same interview, the father of three also shared the story behind how their 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, ended up rapping a freestyle on his new album.

“[Blue] kept doing that ‘boom shakalaka, boom shakalaka.’ I was like, ‘Oh, she understands the concept of a hook,’” he said.

“She got the headphones and she climbed on the little stool, and then she just started rapping,” JaY-Z said. “I was like, ‘Oh, s—.’ I haver [her full freestyle] on my phone. Five minutes! Five minutes of her doing that.”


The Grammy Award winner also revealed that his family will be joining him on tour this fall.

“I booked the tour for October so I could have at least four months to just really bond and see their fingers and s— like that,” he said.

“They’ll be with me [on tour] anyway, but I’m just saying, like, [I needed] a space where I’m not doing anything. I’m just focused on them. I’m not thinking about a show at night or anything like that. That’s why the tour is so far away from the release of the album.”

Road trip!


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