News: Jay-Z's More "Gritty" Since Blue Ivy Carter's Arrival

Friday, Mar 1, 2013 3:30PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning producer The-Dream recently talked about his working relationship with rap mogul Jay-Z and how last year's birth of Blue Ivy Carter has had an outstanding impact on him.

In Dream's perspective, Blue Ivy has made Hovito grittier over the past 12 months.

It's possible that being a dad would soften the man who once stuck up a rival drug dealer on "Friend or Foe" or who thumbed his nose at New York's district attorney on "Izzo," right? "Nah, I think he's gotten a little bit more gritty," The-Dream said of his pal Hov when he sat down on "RapFix Live" Wednesday. The singer/songwriter and producer has been in the studio with Jay doing "a little something," he said without divulging much else. There's been rumblings of a 12th solo LP, but nothing has been confirmed -- and certainly not by The-Dream. (MTV)

Last year, Young Hov spoke on spoiling his daughter throughout her teeange years.

At the last minute, I remembered to ask after his family, "Oh, my family's amazing." And the baby? "She's four months." Marcy raised me, and whether right or wrong/Streets gave me all I write in the song. But what will TriBeCa give Blue? "I actually thought about that more before she was born. Once she got here I've been in shock until maybe last week?" Her childhood won't be like his, and this fact he takes in his stride. "We would fight each other. My brother would beat me up," he says, but it was all in preparation for the outside. "I was going to have to fight, I was going to have to go through some things, and they were preparing me." He smiles: "She doesn't have to be tough. She has to love herself, she has to know who she is, she has to be respectful, and be a moral person." It's a new day. (New York Times)

Around summer 2012, former Roc-A-Fella rapper Freeway talked to SOHH about Jigga embracing fatherhood.

"Jay is a good friend of mine and this is like the most happiest I've seen him in a minute, man," Free told SOHH when asked for his reaction to Jigga embracing fatherhood. "He's upbeat, good-spirited, you know what I'm saying? He's just happy to be a father. I've always said he's one of the best to do it, as far as the whole career, the whole family situation. ... He's living the American Dream right now. Much love to him." (SOHH)

Recently, Beyoncé unveiled Blue Ivy Carter to the entire world in her Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream documentary.

Beyoncé has been very protective of Blue Ivy since her birth, but she is showing off her bundle of joy in her new HBO documentary Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream. The adorable one-year-old daughter of Bey and Jay-Z steals the screen as her proud mama holds her up in a still from the film. Bey, who calls Blue her "road dog," "homey," and "best friend," is cautious about putting her baby in the public eye, but still wants her to have a normal childhood. "I will still be protective and make sure she has a childhood and a great time." (Rap-Up)

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