On January 7, music fans around the world celebrated the birth of Jay-Z and Beyonce's baby daughter, who wasted no time in becoming the youngest person to ever appear on a Billboard-charting song. At a mere two days of age, Blue Ivy Carter contributed a vocal track to "Glory," an emotional tribute song her dad released on his website LifeandTimes.com. But while I'm sure nobody had anything but warm and fuzzy thoughts for the newborn, there were a few hurt feelings around Lenox Hill Hospital - which the music industry power couple allegedly put on lockdown - with stories of beefy security guards preventing some parents from visiting their own newborns in the neonatal ICU. Enter comedian Rob Ryan, who, on our suggestion, recut "Glory" into "Lenox Hill Glory" with lyrics that recognize the plight of those frustrated moms and pops.
It's not the first time Ryan has poked fun at the legendary rapper. In 2010 he did a spot-on spoof of "Empire State of Mind" called "Newark State of Mind
" that provided a cautionary tale to anyone tempted by the rock-bottom rents of New Jersey's gritty metropolis. The Long Island kid has moves and flow, and whatever he lacks in hip-hop cred is more than made up for in humor. Yet it's clear that these tributes are made in a spirit of respect and admiration for Jay-Z and Beyonce - he's spent some serious time listening to their music - so I hope they can laugh along with him, without, of course, confirming any of the accusations. In fact, why not invite Ryan over to the crib, which now contains an actual crib, to meet the new addition?
As for Ryan, he's an active stand-up comedian who performs regularly at the Broadway Comedy Club
and Stand-Up New York
, and he'll be heading to Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut for a gig this Saturday. Check out his website
for more parodies, stand-up clips, and sketch materials. BlackBook joins Ryan in congratulating the proud new parents on their precious little miracle, and for the bounty of comedy material she's already inspiring.