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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky’s Baby Name Proves Wu-Tang Is for the Children

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The Daily Mail obtained a copy of Rihanna and A$AP Rocky’s firstborn’s birth certificate on Wednesday, revealing the baby’s name, which Rocky himself later confirmed. (A second-born is currently in utero.) The British tabloid first reported that the little gentleman’s name is RZA Athelston Mayers. His first name is for Wu-Tang Clan member RZA and he shares his middle name with his daddy. Rocky confirmed the news on Instagram on Saturday, with a very sweet post celebrating his son’s birthday. “WU TANG IZ 4 DA CHUREN,” he wrote in his caption. “HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY TO MY 1st BORN . RZA.”

Fans had been speculating that the baby might be named Noah, while Rocky previously said he’d name his child Pharrell. Rocky’s family has a tradition of naming children after rappers. Rocky’s real name is Rakim Athelston Mayers, named after the legendary rapper (and Eric B. collaborator). Rakim met Rocky as an infant while driving around Harlem. “I remember a long time ago, driving through Harlem. A lady walks across the street. I’m at the light, she walks across the street. She got the carriage and everything,” Rakim told Hot 97 in 2019. “She says, ‘Can you sign this for me?’ I never say no. I say, ‘What’s his name?’ Rakim. I’m like word? She’s like, ‘Rakim.’ I sign the joint, I remember that day, cause that was the first time hearing someone named their son after me. Like I said, humbling experience.”

This post has been updated.

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky Named Their First Child After RZA