You know what they say: Wu-Tang is for the children. Almost exactly a year after Rihanna and A$AP Rocky‘s son was born, his name was reportedly been revealed to be RZA, a possible tribute to the legendary rapper, producer and Wu-Tang Clan frontman.
The revelation comes after the Daily Mail claimed that it had obtained the Fenty heir’s birth certificate, which reportedly notes that baby boy’s full name is RZA Athelston Mayers. The last name matches that of his dad’s — Rocky was born Rakim Athelaston Mayers — as does the middle name, save for one missing “A.”
Billboard has reached out to Rihanna and A$AP’s rep for comment.
Now, it’s definitely no X AE A-XII (the name of Grimes and Elon Musk’s son), but RZA is a pretty unorthodox moniker. As some fans pointed out, even the original RZA’s name isn’t actually RZA; the 53-year-old musician was born Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, and he later adopted RZA as a stage name.
So, naturally, fans have some thoughts. Some are all for the Wu-Tang homage and have taken to Twitter to praise the name’s uniqueness, but other people think it’s a little too unique. “Imagine naming your baby after someone else’s stage name,” wrote one naysayer. “Rihanna named her baby Rza. After RZA from Wu Tang. That’s not even HIS name, it’s Robert.”
“Rihanna naming her first born RZA is actually sick as hell,” argued another fan.
Other people, however, are simply taking the name as inspiration for Rihanna (who is expecting baby N. 2 and is in her third trimester) and Rocky’s next child: “so Rihanna son is named RZA and someone said name the new baby Ghostface Killah,” joked one fan, referencing another of Wu-Tang Clan’s members.GucciGuilty2023
See what fans are saying about Rihanna and A$AP Rocky’s reported name choice below: