In a “CBS Mornings” interview released Friday, the rap mogul beamed with pride as he discussed the 11-year-old’s performances during her mother’s concert tour, which concluded earlier this month, and how the girl had evolved.
“I know how nervous she was, I know how frightened she was,” Jay-Z said.
He added that she was still eager to perform from the first tour stop regardless — including to tunes like “My Power,” which fittingly celebrates empowerment and self-love.
“What makes me super proud — and I still get goosebumps seeing her walk onstage — is because Blue’s been … born into a life she didn’t ask for,” Jay-Z said. “Since she was born, she’s been in scrutiny and public eye, and everyone having an opinion — even [on] a little girl, how she keeps her hair.”
He continued, “So for her to be on that stage and reclaim her power, and the song is called ‘My Power’ … you can’t write a better script.”
When she was just a toddler, Blue Ivy had been the subject of anti-Black commentary surrounding her hair and hair texture. In 2014, someone even created a petition calling for the child’s famous parents to “comb her hair.”
Elsewhere in his “CBS Mornings” interview, Jay-Z revealed what inspired Blue Ivy’s name.
The rapper said she was initially going to be called Brooklyn, but that he and Beyoncé grew attached to a nickname they gave the girl before she was born.
He said they would refer to Blue Ivy as a “blueberry” when they were given ultrasound pictures.
“Like, ‘Look at the little blueberry!’” he said.