Jay-Z puts studio time on hold to be with daughter Blue Ivy

The rapper says he is 'motivated to just be with her'

Jay-Z has said that he is currently eschewing the studio in favour of spending time with his and Beyonce‘s infant daughter, Blue Ivy.

Despite recently announcing his plans for his very own music festival, the rapper has said to CNN: “I thought I would be really motivated with all the things happening and all the change, with a child in my life now, to get back in the studio. But I find that I’m really just motivated to just be with her.”

He added that he’s finding fatherhood to be a ‘real surreal thing’. He said: “Fatherhood is fantastic, it’s amazing. It’s a real surreal thing, the joy that someone has at four months old. I know that it gets better.”

Earlier this week, Jay-Z announced his plans for the Budweiser Made In America music festival, which takes place in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park on September 1 and 2 and will be curated by the rapper.

Jay-Z said he is ‘absolutely’ going to ask US President Barack Obama to play the festival. Speaking to Rolling Stone about Obama, he said: “I’m gonna give him a call and I’m gonna try to get him to perform – do a little rendition of Al Green… He’ll be so far into helping the world that he probably won’t have time, but I’m absolutely going to ask him.”

Jay-Z is the only act confirmed to appear at the event so far, but the festival’s organisers have promised that the bill will feature “rock, hip-hop, R&B, Latin and dance” acts. Jay-Z also said to Rolling Stone that he said he thinks his wife Beyonce should have a ‘little gap in her schedule’ in order to perform at the event.

Kanye West and Jay-Z start their Watch The Throne UK tour on Friday (May 18), playing the first of five nights at London’s O2 Arena. As well as the London shows, which run from May 18 to May 22, the duo also play Manchester’s Evening News Arena on June 11 and 12, Birmingham’s LG Arena on June 13 and 22 and Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on June 21.

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