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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Jay-Z raps about baby Blue

THROUGH a rap verse, Jay-Z has confirmed the birth of "the most beautiful" girl in the world -- his newborn daughter.

The song Glory made its debut on his social website Life And Times yesterday -- two days after his wife Beyonce gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy.

A statement from the couple came yesterday afternoon, saying: "We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter."

The couple said the baby was born naturally and weighed 7lbs.

"Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven," they said.

"It was the best experience of both of our lives. We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support."

In his song, Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, talks about where the child was conceived (Paris) and even reveals that Beyonce had a miscarriage at one point. "Last time the miscarriage was so tragic/We was afraid you'd disappear/But nah baby you magic."

The song's refrain is: "The most amazing feeling I feel/Words can't describe what I'm feeling for real/ Maybe I paint the sky blue/My greatest creation was you."

The sound of a baby's cries -- perhaps Blue's -- ends the song. The song says it features "B.I.C." -- Blue's initials.

It's the first child for the power couple, who wed in 2008 in a private ceremony after a years-long courtship. Beyonce announced her pregnancy to the world last August at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Celebrities close to the couple have tweeted congratulations. Beyonce's sister, Solange Knowles, tweeted on Sunday morning: "The most beautiful girl in the world," while Beyonce's close friend Gwyneth Paltrow also tweeted: "Welcome to the world Blue! We love you already."

She gave birth at Lenox Hill Hospital on New York's Upper East Side on Saturday. The hospital's executive director, Frank Danza, said in a statement Monday that the hospital was "delighted" to have the couple deliver their child there.

He denied reports that they had paid $1m (¤0.7m) to rent an entire floor of the hospital, saying they had a standard suite.

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