Rapper Wale is “overjoyed” with the birth of his first child, a baby girl named Zyla Moon Oluwakemi.
“What’s better than holding your fresh baby on ur chest and watching TV? Fatherhood is wavy,” the D.C.-area rapper wrote on Twitter. “I’m ridiculously proud of this creation.”
According to TMZ, the arrival of baby Zyla caused the 31-year-old to cancel a scheduled performance at the One Africa Music Fest in Brooklyn on July 22. Wale welcomed the baby with longtime girlfriend Chloe Alexis, but said he kept the secret of her pregnancy close because of “the downward spiral that ensued” when a past pregnancy ended after complications.
“I kept this very private as I prayed every day to receive this blessing,” Wale said in lengthy Instagram post, which included baby Zyla’s hand grasping his own. “Imma keep workin on me and pray to God I can design a young princess who flourishes to an absolute queen.”
Wale said that he decided on the title of his new album “Shine” when he found out he had a baby girl on the way.
“I want to be a better man than I ever been.” he wrote. “I’m so flawed I’m so imperfect and the world knows it…I just want to honestly be the best version of myself I can be,” he said. “My focus is renewed I’m infinitely in love with my princess.”
In the days since her birth, Wale has sung his daughter’s praises all over social media calling her “beautiful” and “perfect,” adding that the day she was born was the first time he ever “cried and smiled at the same time.”
The Nigerian-born artist’s was thrust into the international spotlight with hits like “Pretty Girls,” “Diary,” and “90210” off his debut album “Attention Deficit,” released in 2009. Wale has since been signed to the Maybach Music Group, where he has released three albums, including “Ambition,” “The Gifted” and “The Album About Nothing.” His next album, “Shine,” is expected this year.