Rapper Jay-Z graces the cover of the November issue of Vanity Fair magazine, opening up about the early years of dating now-wife Beyonce and how his baby daughter, Blue Ivy, is a fan of his music.
In the magazine, Jay-Z, born Sean Carter, says that while his daughter Blue Ivy is only 18 months old, she watches her mother, pop superstar Beyonce, in various concert videos on a computer nightly and that she enjoys listening to her father's latest album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail."
"My album came out and I don't know if Blue ever heard any of my music prior to this album -- she's only 18 months old and I don't play my music around the house," Jay-Z says to Vanity Fair. "But this album was new, so we played it. And she loves all the songs. She plays a song and she goes, 'More, Daddy, more. Daddy song.'"
"She's my biggest fan," Jay-Z continues. "If no one bought the 'Magna Carta' [album], the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy. And that's not like a cliche. I'm really serious. Just to see her -- 'Daddy song, more, Daddy.' She's genuine, she's honest, because she doesn't know it makes me happy. She just wants to hear it."
"Magna Carta Holy Grail," the rapper's 12th studio album, was released on July 4 and debuted atop the Billboard 200 albums chart. It spawned the hit single, "Holy Grail," which features pop singer Justin Timberlake. The song, which peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, along with the remaining "Magna Carta Holy Grail" tracks contain explicit language.
Jay-Z, who along with Beyonce were recently named Forbes' highest-earning celebrity couple of 2013, also told the magazine about how he initially began to win over Beyonce when they first began dating around the time they were featured on the 2001 music issue of Vanity Fair.
"We were just beginning to try to date each other," Jay-Z says to Vanity Fair. "Well, you know, you've got to try first. You got to dazzle. Wine and dine."
Vanity Fair also asked Jay-Z if he thinks Beyonce would have still fallen for his charm had he not been an already-established musician when they first began dating.
"If I'm as cool as I am, yes. But she's a charming Southern girl, you know, she's not impressed. But I would have definitely had to be this cool."
Vanity Fair with Jay-Z's cover story hits newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on Oct. 3 and nationally on the iPad, Nook and Kindle on Oct. 9.