London - Jay-Z says his daughter Blue Ivy “doesn't have to be tough”.

The rapper may have grown up incredibly poor and been involved in drug dealing and violence - shooting his own brother in the shoulder when he was 12 - but doesn't expect to pass on his hard attitude to his nine-month-old daughter.

He told The New York Times Style Magazine: “She doesn't have to be tough. She has to love herself, she has to know who she is, she has to be respectful, and be a moral person.”

Talking about his youth, Jay said he was often beaten up by his sibling, but has no hard feelings because he felt it was necessary for him to survive on the street.

He added: “We would fight each other. My brother would beat me up. I was going to have to fight, I was going to have to go through some things, and they were preparing me.”

Now estimated to be worth over $450-million, Jay's life is much different to when he was growing up, and this week he treated Beyonce to a cruise off the south of France to celebrate her 31st birthday.

Beyonce was seen sipping wine on the boat while Jay played with Blue, and after a day at sea the couple stopped for a birthday dinner at Michelangelo restaurant in Cap d'Antibes, France. - Bang Showbiz