Remember That Time Both Jay-Z and Kanye West Assumed They'd Have Boys?

Kanye West joined Jay-Z in fatherhood this weekend (though we're not quite sure what his kid's name is), thus fulfilling the prophecy the pair rapped about on Watch the Throne's tender "New Day." There's just one problem: They both had daughters. That's not strange, exactly (there was around a 25% chance of it happening) and it's not disappointing (Jay-Z seems pleased as punch with Blue Ivy, and we're guessing Kanye feels that same about Baby To Be Named), but it does make "New Day" a little bit funny in retrospect. Because "New Day" is not just a song about having children—it's a song about having sons.

Kanye's verse leads off the song, and like a lot of Watch the Throne, it's mostly a way for Kanye to talk about himself. In this telling, the life of his future son is notable for the ways it will join up with and diverge from the path Kanye blazed through his adult life. Of course my kid would be a boy, Kanye seems to say, I'm a boy! But as a side effect of this, the verse actually works pretty well if you just swap the pronouns around. All you need to do is ignore the part about strippers.

And I’ll never let my son have an ego

He’ll be nice to everyone, wherever we go

I mean, I might even make ‘em be Republican

So everybody know he love white people

And I’ll never let ‘em leave his college girlfriend

And get caught up with the groupies in the whirlwind

And I’ll never let ‘em ever hit the telethon

I mean even if people dyin’ and the world ends

See, I just want ‘im to have an easy life, not like Yeezy life

Just want ‘im to be someone people like

Don’t want ‘im to be hated, all the time judged

Don’t be like your daddy that would never budge

And I’ll never let ‘im ever hit a strip club

I learned the hard way, that ain’t the place to get love

And I’ll never let his mom move to L.A.

Knowin’ she couldn’t take the pressure, now we all pray

Jay's verse, though, is wrapped up entirely with the idea of having a son. (See how he introduces his unborn child as "junior.") Hova wants an heir, someone he can do all the old masculine rituals with. He wants to take his kid to the barber, tell him how to speak up for himself, show him the right way to drink—teach him, in other words, how to be a man. There's even going to be a bar mitzvah, just to hammer the point home. Why this obsession with sons? As with Kanye, you can trace it back to his personal history. Jay-Z grew up as a fatherless son; he was so focused on the cycle he didn't want to repeat that it didn't occur to him he might father a daughter.

Sorry junior, I already ruined ya

‘Cause you ain’t even alive, paparazzi pursuin’ ya

Sins of a father make yo’ life ten times harder

I just wanna take ya to a barber

Bondin’ on charters, all the shit that I never did

Teach ya good values, so you cherish it

Took me 26 years to find my path

My only job is cuttin’ the time in half

So at 13 we’ll have our first drink together

Black bar mitzvahs, mazel tov, mogul talk

Look a man dead in his eyes

So he know you talk truth when you speak it, give your word, keep it

And if the day comes I only see him on the weekend

I just pray we was in love on the night that we conceived him

Promise to never leave him even if his mama tweakin’

Cause my dad left me and I promise never repeat him

Never repeat him, never repeat him

We guarantee it, this song will be brought up in at least one family argument before either of these girls turn 18.

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