Fans are used to Blue Ivy Carter making appearances in her parents' tracks by now, but news of her dropping some major heat on a newly released bonus track from Jay-Z's 4:44 album broke the internet on July 7. Just one listen to Blue's freestyle rap and you're sure to become a fan — if, for whatever reason, you weren't already. It gets better, however. Blue Ivy's fan base officially has a fandom name that we really should have seen coming.
Blue Ivy stans should apparently refer to themselves as the "Ivy League" from this point forward, according to Black Twitter. At just the tender age of 5, Jay-Z and Beyoncé's daughter has album credits on some of the most popular songs to date. On top of that, she's on her way to becoming a mini-mogul with a potential product line in the future. If news about the 4:44 album going platinum hadn't already surfaced, the Ivy League would have just assumed that Blue's feature had everything to do with it. Everything that adorable child touches turns to gold — red carpets included.
The Ivy League's fandom name didn't just come out of the blue, though. In fact, the buzz might have started with this simple 2012 tweet, made just seven months after Blue Ivy was welcomed into the world:
if Blue Ivy becomes famous someday and her fanbase doesn’t refer to itself as the Ivy League I will be extremely disappointed— Spartan in training (@Imtalkinstfu) August 31, 2012
The universe must've been paying close attention, or someone on the web stored it in their memory bank until recently. Because five years, a couple of high-profile musical features, and countless clutch memes later, and the Ivy League has officially been born.
Blue Ivy's fan base has been dubbed the Ivy League. I love it. pic.twitter.com/95tAy3J98S— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) July 7, 2017
The name just sticks, right? The Ivy League sounds so prestigious that even the most die-hard skeptics are tempted to submit their applications for membership.
Me listening to Blue Ivy rapping and realizing I'm about to become an Ivy League stan pic.twitter.com/7Dy2gHDdzr— X (@XLNB) July 7, 2017
But seriously, when you share the same DNA as Solange Knowles, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles Carter, and Shawn Carter, anything less than greatness simply isn't tolerated. Blue's baby sister and brother, allegedly named Rumi and Sir, are going to have some huge shoes to follow in now that Blue can add GOAT to her list of credits.