Beyonce makes new album Cowboy Carter a family affair by enlisting daughter Rumi, six… three years after Blue Ivy won a Grammy for co-writing with her mom

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Beyoncé is keeping alive her recent tradition of featuring her children on her albums with the release of her newest LP Cowboy Carter.

The country music–inspired album — a sequel to her hit Renaissance — features a brief appearance from her youngest daughter, Rumi.

In addition to her famous family members, Beyoncé is also joined by several country icons on Cowboy Carter.

The six-year-old — half of Beyoncé’s fraternal twins with her son Sir — pops up early on the album at the very beginning of track four, Protector.

She follows in the footsteps of her older sister Blue Ivy, 12, who won a Grammy in 2021 for co-writing her mother’s song Brown Skin Girl, which was featured on her 2019 soundtrack album, The Lion King: The Gift.

Beyoncé is keeping alive her recent tradition of featuring her children on her albums with the release of her newest LP Cowboy Carter

The country music–inspired album — a sequel to her hit Renaissance — features a brief appearance from her youngest daughter, six-year-old Rumi; pictured bottom right with sister Blue Ivy and dad Jay Z at the 2024 Super Bowl

The country music–inspired album — a sequel to her hit Renaissance — features a brief appearance from her youngest daughter, six-year-old Rumi; pictured bottom right with sister Blue Ivy and dad Jay Z at the 2024 Super Bowl

Rumi left the singing and rapping to her mother, and she was instead featured in what sounds like a repurposed home recording. 

‘Mom, can I hear the lullaby please?’ Rumi asks haltingly, pronouncing the last word more like ‘wullaby.’

The brief clip didn’t sound as if it was recorded in the studio expressly for the album, as it was suffused with a hissing sound that wouldn’t have been present in a high-quality studio recording. 

Protector is a fitting choice to feature Rumi’s voice, as the song appears to be inspired by Beyoncé’s children.

‘And I will lead you down that road if you lose your way / Born to be a protector, mm-hmm / Even though I know someday you’re gonna shine on your own / I will be your projector, mmm, mm-hmm,’ the hitmaker sings in the chorus.

She adds in the bridge: ‘I first saw your face in your father’s gaze / There’s a long line of hands carryin’ your name, mm / Liftin’ you up, so you will be raised.’

Protector is one of the most obviously country-inflected songs on the album, though its acoustic guitars and ethereal vocals have more in common with modern folk music than pop-influenced country music.

Beyoncé’s fans, who call themselves the BeyHive, were anticipating a guest spot from Rumi after an artist page was created for her on streaming platforms just a day before Cowboy Carter’s release, according to Variety.

'Mom, can I hear the lullaby please?' Rumi asks in what sounds like a home recording that plays at the start of track four, Protector; pictured with dad Jay Z (center) and sister Blue Ivy (R) in February

‘Mom, can I hear the lullaby please?’ Rumi asks in what sounds like a home recording that plays at the start of track four, Protector; pictured with dad Jay Z (center) and sister Blue Ivy (R) in February

Beyoncé appears to have written the song as a tribute to her children

Beyoncé appears to have written the song as a tribute to her children

It's unclear if Rumi could be up for a Grammy like her sister Blue Ivy, as the audio recording didn't appear to have been recorded with the body of the song, and songwriting credits have not been released yet; seen February 11 in Las Vegas

It’s unclear if Rumi could be up for a Grammy like her sister Blue Ivy, as the audio recording didn’t appear to have been recorded with the body of the song, and songwriting credits have not been released yet; seen February 11 in Las Vegas

The songstress’ older daughter Blue Ivy has not only worked behind the scenes with her mother, but she had a high-profile guest spot on her mother’s blockbuster Renaissance tour. 

She was given a special dance break to let her show off her moves for stadium’s full of adoring fans, and as the tour progressed Blue’s dance breaks became a standard part of the show.

Beyoncé revealed that some negative social media reaction after her early appearances led Blue Ivy to step up her game, leading to her regular spot in the show.

Rumi’s appearance on Cowboy Carter seemed to be an immediate hit with fans who stayed up to listen to Beyoncé’s new album.

‘So cuteeeeee Rumi is the SUPERSTAR !!’ one fan gushed in the comments to the YouTube version of the song featuring lyrics.

‘Now this is a MOMMA SONG. GO RUMI,’ added another pleased listener.

Some fans were even convinced that Rumi could be the ‘next Grammy winner’ among Beyoncé’s children. 

However, it’s unclear if the audio snippet at the start of the song would be considered for award nominations, and the songwriting credits for the track have not yet been released as of Friday.

 

Rumi's appearance on Cowboy Carter seemed to be an immediate hit with fans who stayed up to listen to Beyoncé's new album

Rumi’s appearance on Cowboy Carter seemed to be an immediate hit with fans who stayed up to listen to Beyoncé’s new album

 

Some fans were even convinced that Rumi could be the 'next Grammy winner' among Beyoncé's children

Some fans were even convinced that Rumi could be the ‘next Grammy winner’ among Beyoncé’s children

One fan though it was 'finally' time for a song featuring Rumi, after Blue had been featured on multiple of her parents' projects

One fan though it was ‘finally’ time for a song featuring Rumi, after Blue had been featured on multiple of her parents’ projects

Rumi's appearance gave some BeyHive members flashbacks to Beyoncé's pregnancy announcement for her twins in 2017

Rumi’s appearance gave some BeyHive members flashbacks to Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement for her twins in 2017

Several early listeners were overcome with emotion and said they shed tears at hearing the little girl's voice

Several early listeners were overcome with emotion and said they shed tears at hearing the little girl’s voice

Multiple commenters also described Rumi as a baby, possibly because the six-year-old has spent so much less time in the spotlight than her older sister

Multiple commenters also described Rumi as a baby, possibly because the six-year-old has spent so much less time in the spotlight than her older sister

Protector was a frontrunner for 'best song on the album,' according to some of the first fans to listen to it

Protector was a frontrunner for ‘best song on the album,’ according to some of the first fans to listen to it

One commenter got particularly emotional over Rumi's sweet appearance. 'I am too pregnant to be crying like this omg,' they wrote, adding a weeping emoji

One commenter got particularly emotional over Rumi’s sweet appearance. ‘I am too pregnant to be crying like this omg,’ they wrote, adding a weeping emoji

Others had flashbacks to 2017, when Beyoncé shocked the internet by announcing that she was pregnant with twins. 

Several early listeners were overcome with emotion and said they shed tears at hearing the little girl’s voice.

Multiple commenters also described Rumi as a baby, possibly because the six-year-old has spent so much less time in the spotlight than her older sister. 

Others were convinced that Protector was one of the best songs Cowboy Carter. 

One commenter got particularly emotional over Rumi’s sweet appearance. ‘I am too pregnant to be crying like this omg,’ they wrote, adding a weeping emoji. 

Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton are among the other big names lending their vocals to Beyonce‘s highly-anticipated album.

Cyrus, 31, has done a duet with Beyonce, 42, on the track II Most Wanted.

She is among a slew of music stars appearing in the album.

Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton are among the big names lending their vocals to Beyonce's highly-anticipated album, Cowboy Carter; Cyrus pictured last month

Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton are among the big names lending their vocals to Beyonce’s highly-anticipated album, Cowboy Carter; Cyrus pictured last month 

Country legends Dolly Parton, 78, and Willie Nelson, 90, also have collaborated on the project; Parton seen in 2023

Country legends Dolly Parton, 78, and Willie Nelson, 90, also have collaborated on the project; Parton seen in 2023

Country legends Dolly, 78, and Willie Nelson, 90, also have collaborated on the project – they feature during interludes, serving as DJ’s on Country Carter’s abstract KNTRY radio station. They introduce several tracks on the album.

Post Malone, 28, is another big name appearing on the album – he also lends his voice to the track Levii’s Jeans.

She has also collaborated with Linda Martell, the first Black female solo artist to perform at the Grand Ole Opry, as well as Black country musicians Willie Jones, Rhiannon Giddens, and Tanner Adell.

The songstress will also be covering the classic Beatles track Blackbird. An interpolation of the Beach Boys song Good Vibrations also appears in her track Ya Ya. 

Country Carter contains 27 tracks, including several short interludes.

The latest details arrived shortly after Beyoncé revealed the track list for her debut country album. 

‘Cowboy Carter and the Rodeo Chitlin’ Circuit,’ read the vintage country style graphic she shared Wednesday on Instagram. ‘Brought to you by Kntry Radio Texas.’

Among the songs is a notable cover of Dolly Parton‘s 1973 single ‘Jolene,’ which the country icon previously teased.

On Wednesday, Beyoncé graced fans with the tracklist for her upcoming debut country album Cowboy Carter, which drops on March 29

On Wednesday, Beyoncé graced fans with the tracklist for her upcoming debut country album Cowboy Carter, which drops on March 29

Parton, 78, told Knox News earlier this month that she ‘heard’ Bey laid down a cover of the song, which she ‘hopes’ to be true.

‘Well, I think she has!’ said Parton. ‘I think she’s recorded “Jolene” and I think it’s probably gonna be on her country album, which I’m very excited about that.

‘I love her! She’s a beautiful girl and a great singer,’ she raved.

Parton said she and Beyoncé have ‘sent messages back and forth through the years,’ leading up to the cover.

‘And she and her mother were like fans, and I was always touched that they were fans, and I always thought she was great,’ added Parton.

Parton’s voice is featured on a short interlude introducing Beyoncé’s cover of Jolene, but it’s unclear if the country legend was being coy about being unsure whether Jolene would appear on Cowboy Carter, or if she simply recorded the introduction at the last minute.

Beyoncé previously teased that she ‘collaborated with some brilliant artists who I deeply respect,’ prompting fans to speculate about a track with Taylor Swift, though the Folklore hitmaker didn’t appear on the album as released.

Beyoncé previously teased that she 'collaborated with some brilliant artists who I deeply respect,' which also includes Willie Nelson

Beyoncé previously teased that she ‘collaborated with some brilliant artists who I deeply respect,’ which also includes Willie Nelson

In addition to the previously released singles 'Texas Hold 'Em' and '16 Carriages', the rest of the list includes such songs as 'Ameriican Requiem', 'Blackbiird', 'Protector' and 'My Rose'

In addition to the previously released singles ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’ and ’16 Carriages’, the rest of the list includes such songs as ‘Ameriican Requiem’, ‘Blackbiird’, ‘Protector’ and ‘My Rose’

Beyoncé previously debuted the album cover earlier this month as she announced the Cowboy Carter title and March 29 release date

Beyoncé previously debuted the album cover earlier this month as she announced the Cowboy Carter title and March 29 release date

Although there’s no sign of her, another country legend, Willie Nelson, appears on the tracklist with the song ‘Smoke Hour.’ 

In addition to the previously released singles Texas Hold ‘Em and 16 Carriages, the rest of the list includes such songs as Ameriican Requiem, Blackbiird, Protector and My Rose.

Bodyguard, Dolly P, Daughter, Spaghetti, Alliigator Tears, Smoke Hour II, Just for Fun, II Most Wanted, Levii’s Jeans, Flamenco, The Linda Martell Show, Ya Ya, Oh Louisiana, Desert Eagle, Riiverdance, II Hands II Heaven, Tyrant, Sweet Honey Buckin and Amen round out the list. 

Beyoncé previously released the album cover earlier this month, when she announced the Cowboy Carter title and March 29 release date.

Beyonce ‘Cowboy Carter’ tracklist

 

1. Ameriican Requiem

2. Blackbiird (feat. Tanner Ardell)

3. 16 Carriages

4. Protector

5. My Rose

6. Smoke Hour (Willie Nelson intro)

7. Texas Hold ‘Em

8. Bodyguard

9. Dolly P.” (Dolly Patron intro)

10. Jolene

11. Daughter

12. Spaghetti (feat. Shaboozey)

13. Alligator Tears

14. Smoke Hour II

15. Just For Fun 

 

16. II Most Wanted (feat. Miley Cyrus)

17. Levii’s jeans (feat. Post Malone)

18. Flamenco 

19. The Linda Martell Show (intro by Linda Martell)

20. YaYa (feat. Willie Jones)

21. Oh Louisiana

22. Desert Eagle

23. Riverdance

24. II Hands II Heaven

25. Tyrant (feat. Dolly Parton)

26. Sweet Honey Buckin’

27. Amen

 

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