Life does imitate art! Over the years, Kanye West has given away clues about his and Kim Kardashian’s kids’ names in his song lyrics, and now that their fourth child, Psalm West, was recently born, we can’t help but reflect on all the times he incorporated their children in his music.
For starters, Psalm is a biblical reference that means “a sacred song or poem used in worship.” In the rapper’s 2004 track “Jesus Walks,” he straight-forwardly mentions his then-future son’s name, which in this case is Psalm 23 — the most famous bible verse in history.
The original line from the bible is as follows: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Kanye gave the song lyric his own little twist and creatively played with sound by swapping the word “shadow” for his hometown, which is also his third child’s name, Chicago. “I walk through the valley of the Chi where death is,” he sang.
Three years later, Kanye released “Homecoming” featuring Coldplay’s Chris Martin, in which Ye personified his hometown of Chicago and compared it to a girl. “Every interview I’m representin’ you, makin’ you proud/ Reach for the stars, so if you fall, you land on a cloud/ Jump in the crowd, spark your lighters, wave ’em around/ If you don’t know by now, I’m talkin’ ’bout Chi-Town,” he sang.
In February 2016 — two months after his second child, Saint, was born — Kanye released the song “Saint Pablo.” The song never directly mentions the name Saint, with the expectation of the title. Instead, the track details his spiritual thoughts and insecurities, one of them relating to his debt. Though this song seems to stray away from it being about his son, Kanye’s search for peace in spirituality may be the only connection, considering Kim said they named their first son Saint because he was a “blessing.”
The song for North may be the most obvious of all considering it was also her music video debut. In 2014, Kanye wrote a personal track he dedicated to his fist child from his late mother’s perspective called “Only One,” featuring Paul McCartney. “I just want you to do me a favor. Tell Nori about me,” he sang as if his mom was telling him that.
Very witty, Kanye.