On the latest episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, former Late Show host David Letterman sat down and spoke with Jay-Z about his career, his marriage, and, of course, being a dad. The legendary rapper opened up about his experience raising three kids, saying that he’s grateful to be close to his children in a way that he never was with his own father. In fact, Jay-Z explained that he’s so close with his kids that they don’t have any problem speaking up when they have a problem with him.
Jay-Z told Letterman that he was recently trying to get Blue Ivy, his six-year-old daughter, to get in the car to go to school. Like most six-year-olds, however, she was much too busy “asking a thousand questions” to listen to him. And while he finally got her in the car, apparently, the tone he used did not sit right with Blue Ivy. She quickly let him know that she did not appreciate the way he talked to her.
“So we’re driving and I just hear a little voice, and I turned around,” Jay-Z recalled. “She said, ‘Dad, I didn’t like when you told me to get in the car, the way you told me. It hurt my feelings.’”
Funny story, sure, but you have to admire that type of honest communication from a 6-year-old. And as Jay-Z noted, it was the “most beautiful thing” his daughter ever said to him. It showed that she felt close enough to let him know when he was being a bit of a jerk. Whether he felt equally as proud when Blue Ivy told him to stop clapping at the Grammys is anybody’s guess.