Jay Z Changes His Name…Again
by Mike Winslow
(AllHipHop News) Jay Z has embarked on the next stage of his career by changing his name… again.
The 47-year-old rapper, real name Shawn Carter, has been known as Jay Z since 2013, when he dropped the hyphen from his moniker ahead of the release of his album Magna Carta Holy Grail.
But now, before his next offering, visual album 4:44, hits shelves, the father-of-three has had another identity crisis, adding the grammatical mark back in and capping up his whole title.
According to website Pitchfork, the rapper will now be known as Jay-Z a Roc Nation representative for the star reportedly confirmed.
News of the name change came as Jay-Z was seen for the first time since wife Beyonce reportedly gave birth to twins last week.
The “Empire State Of Mind” star was seen heading out of his Beverly Hills mansion with a bodyguard and two friends to head to Soul Cycle in West Hollywood on Monday (June 19).
Wearing a black hoodie and shorts, he was then photographed making his exit through the loading dock of the gym, where he flashed smiles to waiting photographers while getting back into his car.
Neither Jay-Z or Beyonce have publicly commented on the birth of their twins, reported to be a boy and a girl.
However, Beyonce’s father Matthew Knowles appeared to have confirmed the pair’s arrival by writing on Twitter on Saturday: “They’re here! #beyonce #twins #jayz #happybirthday. Happy Birthday to the twins! Love, Granddad.”
Reports the “Formation” singer had become a mom began swirling this week when Jay-Z missed his Songwriters Hall of Fame induction in New York City last Thursday night.
Sources also told E! News that he was spotted heading into a Los Angeles hospital alongside his five-year-old daughter Blue Ivy.
An unidentified woman was also seen entering the hospital carrying two baby foot-shaped pink and blue balloons and flowers with a card that read, “Congratulations B & J.”