Happy Birthday: 5 Ways Blue Ivy Has Already Impacted Beyoncé and Jay Z’s Music
Jay Z and Beyoncé's baby girl Blue Ivy Carter is growing up fast. On Tuesday, the darling toddler turns 2 years old. Instead of spending her time engaging in normal Terrible Twos antics, Blue is instead busy collaborating on music with her parents and even offering her father sound A&R advice.
Below, we list her 5 most notable credits thus far:
1. She Made Singing Debut on "Beyoncé" Album
A mother-daughter collaboration was inevitable. So it should come as no surprise that Beyoncé's first album since giving birth would feature her precious baby girl. On the song "Blue," released on Dec. 13, 2013, the pop diva sings about the joys of motherhood. Even though Beyoncé wants for nothing, she makes it clear that her relationship with her child gives her the most joy, singing, "Sometimes these walls seem to cave in on me, when I look in your eyes, I feel alive." Blue Ivy makes the most adorable cameo on the song, closing it out by repeating her mother's lyrics, "Hold on to me" and offering the cutest pronunciation of Beyoncé's name. Plus, the accompanying video filmed in Rio de Janeiro is beautiful.
2. Her Newborn Cries Debut on Jay Z's "Glory"
Though Beyoncé's song "Blue" is awesome, it isn't the famous toddler's first recording. Less than two days after her Jan. 7, 2012 birth, she appeared on her father's song "Glory." The then-newborn baby's first cries can be heard as the record fades out. Earlier in the track, Jay Z raps about being comforted by her heartbeat, his excitement about her birth and her promising future. He sings, "The most beautifulest thing in this world, is Daddy's little girl."
3. She Co-Starred in Beyoncé HBO Special
On Feb. 16, 2013, a year after Blue Ivy was born, she achieved another milestone. She appeared on screen in Beyoncé's HBO documentary, "Life Is But a Dream." While there are images of Blue shown throughout the film, it also contains footage of Beyoncé's bare, pregnant belly. These clips dispelled rumors that the child was born via a surrogate. In the special, Beyoncé sings "God Made You Beautiful," an emotional ode to Blue, saying, "When you were born the angels sighed in delight."
4. She Received Royal Treatment From Jay Z on "3 Kings"
Four months after Blue's birth, Jay Z said he felt more inspired to spend time with his daughter than to make music. "I though that after my daughter was born I would be more inspired with all the new feelings that I have to write about, but it really happened the other way," he said in an interview that aired on MTV on May 14, 2012. His quality time with Blue did have an impact on his music. He referenced her in a braggadocios verse on "3 Kings," a Rick Ross song that also features Dr. Dre. In an expletive-filled lyric released in July 2012, Jay notes that competing MCs "couldn't walk in my daughter's socks." Ouch.