Update, 3/3: After the parents Zahara “ZaZa” Bean, the singing internet sensation who went viral last fall, accused Kim and Kanye of allowing North to copy their daughter's song, Kim clarified things. In the original post, (opens in new tab) ZaZa's parents wrote: "We admire Kanye west, and adore his journey. However, we don’t wanna feel like our daughter’s journey in the world of entertainment is being STIFLED."
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Kim quickly jumped in to smooth things over, responding (opens in new tab): "We love you, North is a huge fan and records in the studio all the time with her dad and is inspired by ZaZa and loves Lay Lay too! Todays performance of North’s remix of ZaZa’s song was something she asked to do at the last minute and a complete surprise. Would love for the girls to meet soon."
Original post, 3/2: North West, ladies and gentleman. Not content with having us all outdone in the fashion department—that Dries Van Noten coat, though (opens in new tab)—the six-year-old took to the catwalk Monday at her dad Kanye West's Yeezy show at Paris Fashion Week, effortlessly rapping as models walked down the catwalk. At the end of the show, she was joined by Kanye, who slung an arm around his daughter, looking thrilled.
North West performing at the #yeezy show at Paris Fashion Week pic.twitter.com/76uG6aauUAMarch 2, 2020
"This is cool, yeah," North rapped. (I bet it is, North!) She continued: "Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, walk to the streets, yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, cool, cute, cool, yeah!"
As she rapped, models dressed head-to-toe in earthy shades by Yeezy strutted down the catwalk, slowing down into a line in front of North. The only soundtrack, aside from the car horns that kicked off the show, (opens in new tab)was North's voice, and when dad Kanye did step out to join her, North seemed...a tiny bit annoyed that her dad's arrival appeared to signal that her performance was over. She also ended the show by full-on screaming into the mic, which is a level of boldness that I, at 29, do not have, and yet North, at six, proudly owns. (Also, now I have "Cool, cute, cool, yeah" stuck in my head.)
My favorite take so far: "North West rapping forced Nicki, Megan, Cardi and Doja into early retirement with "WHAT ARE THOSE?!?"
North West rapping forced Nicki, Megan, Cardi and Doja into early retirement with "WHAT ARE THOSE?!?" https://t.co/kXYwjXCRl5March 2, 2020
But pretty much everybody was amazed and impressed, honestly.
North West is there performing at the Yeezy show 🥴🥴🥴🥴 With a whole Mic. What a queen 🔥🔥🔥🔥March 2, 2020
north west performed at the yeezy fashion show, this child is an icon lolMarch 2, 2020
North! Is there anything you're not good at?
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