Grammy-winning producer Pharrell has opened up about putting together Jay-Z‘s heartfelt “Glory” tribute record in honor of his and Beyonce Knowles-Carter‘s newborn daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.
Asked about the record, Pharrell revealed he had to keep mum on the details.
“Not so much the N.E.R.D., because I’m in producer mode. But I’m definitely in the studio producing sh*t, though. … Uh, that was awesome. But again, that was another covert operation,” Pharrell said in an interview. “That was, uh… That was, um… Everything was by design. That’s all I’ll say.” (GQ)
Following the song’s release, it made Jay’s daughter the youngest person to make it on a Billboard chart.
Blue Ivy Carter, the bundle of joy brought into the world by megastar Beyoncé (with a little help from fellow famous dad Jay-Z) Saturday (Jan. 7), becomes the youngest person ever credited with gracing a Billboard chart, as Jay-Z’s newly-recorded studio cut “Glory” — officially billed as “featuring B.I.C.,” an abbreviation of Blue Ivy Carter — begins on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 74. (For historical purposes, this week’s Billboard charts are dated Jan. 21).
Young Hov’s dedication track becomes the latest in musicians who have penned records in light of their children’s births.
Jay-Z’s song is the most recent musical tribute to a newborn, but it is by no means the first. Inspired by his daughter Aisha Wonder, Stevie Wonder wrote “Isn’t She Lovely” and like Jay-Z, included her crying on the track. Former Beatle John Lennon wrote the song “Beautiful Boy” for his son, Sean.
The record officially premiered online early last month.
“False alarms and false starts/All made better by the sound of your heart/All the pain of the last time/I prayed so hard it was the last time/Your mama said that you danced for her/Did you wiggle your hands for her?/Glory! Glory! Glory! Sorry../Everything that I prayed for/God’s gift, I wish I would’ve prayed more/God makes no mistakes, I made a few/Rough sledding here and there, but I made it through/I wreak havoc on the world, get ready for part 2/A younger, smarter faster me/So a pinch of Hov, a whole glass of Bé” (“Glory”)
Check out “Glory” below: