Jay-Z and his family might be based on the West Coast these days, but he and Beyoncé brought their children Blue Ivy, Sir and Rumi to New York City for Christmas. They were also there to honor the rapper’s grandmother.

On Christmas Eve, they all headed to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and presented 93-year-old Hattie White with her own bench, which had an inscription.

Jay-Z gave his grandmother her own bench in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.
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“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago,” it read. “With Love and admiration to our root, Hattie White.”

In the photos of the presentation, White is seen gazing at the bench with Jay, Beyoncé and Blue Ivy looking on. Another shot shows White placing a hand on her heart, while Jay puts his arm around her. The rapper’s mother Gloria Carter was also in attendance and helped with holding the little ones.

Overall, the superstar couple was dressed casually for the event, but some might say they were still photo shoot-ready. Bey sported all white with a coat that looked both toasty and fashionable, while Jay wore a vintage-styled gray trench with a crisp black cap.

The twins were dressed for the New York City chill as well, and each wore little bubble coats with beige Timberlands. And based on the photos, it didn’t look like they were many handlers around, just the family, but it’s safe to assume security and other folks were in close proximity.

White’s voice, if you recall, was used on Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” album to explain the tile.

“I had my ups and downs, but I always find the inner strength to pull myself up. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade,” she said, which was taken from a speech from her 90th birthday party in 2015.

Jay has also talked about how important his grandmother was throughout his childhood in various songs.

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For Christmas this year Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, Beyoncé and their three children Blue Ivy, Rumi and Sir gifted Jay’s 93-year-old Grandma Hattie White a park bench in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Dedicated in her name, the touching inscription reads “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. With love and admiration to our root, Hattie White.” The Carter family are back in New York City for the holidays, and were photographed viewing the bench on Christmas morning with Hattie and Hov’s mother Gloria Carter. Hattie White was a formative figure in Shawn Carter’s life, with her famous banana pudding holding a key to happiness while they lived in the Marcy Houses. In the final moments of the LEMONADE standout “FREEDOM” the root of the Carter dynasty can be heard speaking during her 90th birthday party in October 2015, delivering us a piece of wisdom we can all apply to our own lives: “I had my ups and downs, but I always find the inner strength to pull myself up. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade.” Jigga’s most real (see: heart-breaking) reference to his Yaya came in 2002 on his Blueprint² track “I Did It My Way”: “Grandma’s favorite, she could not understand how there’s people in the world who wouldn’t want me as a neighbor? Has to explain to her, ‘You think these folks want me in the penthouse as a reminder that I make top paper?’” This four bar stanza refers to Jay’s disrupted purchase of his seventh-floor penthouse on 195 Hudson Street in TriBeCa. Buying from advertising executive Peter Arnell and his wife Sarah, the original sale negotiations and $6.5 million deal were sabotaged and derailed by other tenants in May 2002. Some residents feared Hov would bring his “celebrity lifestyle” to the “placid” halls of their exclusive downtown address. They went so far as to post messages in the lobby warning residents of his “criminal record and lifestyle of knives, guns and violence,” stating “we are of the opinion that due to [Jay-Z’s] lifestyle of violence, if he moves into our building, he will place us in danger.” (Continued in comments) #JAYZ #Beyonce

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