Every superstar entertainer, what better way to tell your loved ones you appreciate them with a song dedicated in their honor. Singers and rappers alike pour out their hearts in lyrics that have formed some of the greatest tracks in history. Nothing says, “I love you,” like a song dedicated to their kids.
Kanye West kicked off 2015 by celebrating the joys of fatherhood with 1-year-old daughter North West with the Auto-Tuned ballad ‘Only One’ featuring Sir Paul McCartney. The song finds Yeezy reflecting on his late mother, Donda West, whom he feels is looking down on her granddaughter — all over a McCartney organ loop.
The birth of his first child, daughter North West, in 2013, and his marriage to Kim Kardashian a year later is certainly having an effect on Kanye West’s music. “As I lay me down to sleep / I hear her speak to me / Hello ‘Mari, how ya doin’? / I think the storm ran out of rain, the clouds are movin’ / I know you’re happy, cause I can see it / So tell the voice inside ya’ head to believe it / I talked to God about you, he said he sent you an angel / And look at all that he gave you / You asked for one and you got two,” he sings over an organ played by Paul McCartney.
Along with the release of Beyonce’s 2013 surprise self-titled album came an unexpected feature from her then 1-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter.
The music video for ‘Blue’ features footage from the singer’s time in Brazil. Candid moments showcase Blue and Bey on the beach playing in the sand. The visuals are just as touching as the lyrics.
“Each day I feel so blessed to be looking at you / ‘Cause when you open your eyes, I feel alive / My heart beats so damn quick when you say my name / When I’m holding you tight, I’m so alive,” Bey sings with passion. Meanwhile, Blue closes the track with the word “mommy.” It doesn’t get any cuter than that.
Before Bey dropped the song ‘Blue,’ Jay Z teamed up with Pharrell for the track ‘Glory,’ which was released just days after her birth on Jan. 7, 2012.
Hov, known for his drug-riddled rhymes and hardcore image, demonstrated his softer side with a vulnerable offering to his firstborn. “Maybe I’ll paint the sky blue / My greatest creation was you,” Jay rhymes.
In addition to being an adorable dedication to his child, the song also featured her infant cries, making her the youngest person featured on a rap song.