Memphis Bleek was so young that he doesn't even remember when he first met Jay-Z. Even though Hov has quite a few years on his rap protégé, Bleek has long been a father, so watching Big Poppa Hov has been interesting.
"It's weird, it's funny," Memph said of watching Jay interact with [article id="1689944"]daughter Blue Ivy[/article] when he appeared on Wednesday's "RapFix Live." "Seeing my man do his first burp, in my eyes, it's a new thing and I love it. Fatherhood, it's nothing like it. ... Their brain is a sponge, and anything you teach 'em, they gonna learn and carry for the rest of their life."
Bleek takes being a dad seriously. He even [article id="1691456"]fell back a bit in the music world[/article] to focus on his home life. "I've been in the cut, raising my son, doing the family thing and leaving music on the backburner a little bit," he said.
Jay, too, has admitted that he's taken some studio time off since his baby was born, though he hasn't taken a full-on hiatus from rap. "I thought I would be more inspired with all the new feelings and everything that I'd have to write about, but it really happened the other way," [article id="1685084"]Jay told us[/article] in May. "I just really wanna hang out with her. I just wanna enjoy those moments for a bit, and I'm sure that feeling of music will come back to me."
Still, Blue has already inspired some pretty cool raps from her dad. Days after the baby was born, [article id="1676945"]Jigga dropped "Glory,"[/article] a track dedicated to and featuring his daughter. More recently, on Rick Ross' [article id="1690061"]"3 Kings,"[/article] Hov brags of all the artwork hanging in Blue's room. "N---as couldn't walk in my daughter's socks/ Banksys, bitches, Basquiats," he spits on the Jake One-produced track.
No wonder the Coming of Age MC got such a kick out of the first time he met baby Blue in Hov's Roc Nation offices. "She runs the office already," he said, laughing. "She could tear down the whole building; who gonna say what? Blue got drivers, security — she poppin'."