Almost a year after the birth of their child, global music sensation Rihanna and her partner, rapper ASAP Rocky, have unveiled the name of their son, paying homage to the rich heritage of hip-hop. The Daily Mail has obtained a copy of the baby boy's birth certificate, revealing that he has been named RZA Athelston Mayers.
The choice of the surname "Mayers" derives from ASAP Rocky's real name, Rakim Mayers, establishing a familial connection to the world of rap.
RZA Athelston Mayers: A Name Rooted in Hip-Hop Legacy
The couple's decision to honor music producer and rapper RZA, the frontman of the iconic New York-based hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, reflects their deep appreciation for the genre.
Rihanna has been photographed on multiple occasions wearing attire emblazoned with the name of the band, while it is widely known that her partner has collaborated with a member of Wu-Tang Clan, Raekwon. This shared affinity for the Wu-Tang Clan likely influenced their decision to name their son RZA.
Adding further significance to their son's name, the couple opted to include the middle name "Athelston." While media initially reported the rapper's name as Athelston, it appears that both ASAP Rocky and their son now share this distinctive name.
The choice of this name remains shrouded in mystery, leaving room for speculation about its origins and meaning within the family's personal narrative. According to the birth certificate, RZA was born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, an esteemed institution renowned for its top-notch medical care and a favored choice among celebrities.
Rihanna's Protective Stance: Safeguarding Her Son's Privacy
Since the arrival of their son, Rihanna has been resolute in her efforts to shield him from the prying eyes of the public. In an interview with British Vogue, she candidly shared her determination to protect her child, expressing her immediate instinct to adopt a defensive stance.
She conveyed, "I just went straight into protective mode. Like there wasn't even time for rage. As parents, it just feels so icky, like a violation." The couple has faced challenges concerning the unauthorized dissemination of photographs of their son to the media.
Rihanna and ASAP Rocky discussed their experiences in dealing with leaked photos, recounting the pressures they encountered. "As we were speaking, we knew they were making calls and deals," they disclosed, shedding light on the efforts they have undertaken to control the narrative surrounding their child's public image.
During this year's Super Bowl halftime show, Rihanna astounded the world by announcing her pregnancy for the second time, captivating the audience and leaving an indelible mark on the collective memory.