Say their names, say their names.
Talking on Friday to Rap Radar hosts Elliot Wilson and Brian Miller, Jay-Z revealed, “Rumi is our favorite poet, so it was for our daughter.”
With that, the rapper confirmed the educated guess that she was named after the 13th century poet Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī. Sir was rumored to be a name from a line of Rumi’s poetry, but Jay-Z’s explanation shows that it may have been simpler than that.
“Sir was like, man, come out the gate. He carries himself like that,” said the rapper. “He just came out, like, Sir.”
“I was like, ‘Oh, shit.’ I have [her full freestyle] on my phone,” Jay-Z said. “Five minutes! Five minutes of her doing that.”
Sounds like all those kids have a real empire state of mind. Right, Jay?