“One of hip-hop’s most successful stars, Jay Z, was arrested last night in the stabbing
of a record promoter during a hip-hop party in a Midtown club, officials said.
“The police had been searching for Jay Z, 29, whose real name is Shawn Carter,
after Lance Rivera of Untertainment Records was stabbed in the stomach and shoulder on Wednesday night at the Kit Kat Club on West 43rd Street, near Times Square.
A second man, Kory Jackson-Lopez, was punched in the face at the party.
Murray Richman, Mr. Carter‘s lawyer, said that his client surrendered at 6 last night at the Midtown South Precinct on West 35th Street.
”We have been in communication with police since early this morning, and we decided to turn him in today,” Mr. Richman said. ”We’re not trying to avoid anything.”
Officer Martin Foley, a Police Department spokesman, said last night that Mr. Carter was under arrest in connection with the attack. Charges were pending, he said.
Mr. Rivera, 33, a promoter who has helped make stars out of rappers, was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center, where he was treated and later released.
Mr. Jackson-Lopez, 29, was also treated and released.
Jay Z‘s album ”Vol. II . . . Hard Knock Life” won a Grammy Award in February.
The stabbing surprised some people in the hip-hop industry because though Jay Z has often written about violence, his lyrics are often viewed as cautionary tales about the pitfalls of violence and irrational behavior.
”Everybody’s pretty shocked,” said Reginald C. Dennis, former music editor of The Source and former editor in chief of XXL, both hip-hop magazines.
”Jay Z is really a soft-spoken person, usually polite,” Mr. Dennis said. ”And like a lot of his records, the things that he writes about, the lyrics that he has, deal with the consequences of your actions. Although some people might call it gangsta or street, he’d always stress about being above the irrationality.”
Police officials said they believed that Jay Z stabbed Mr. Rivera at the party and that another man, who was not identified yesterday, then punched Mr. Rivera and Mr. Jackson-Lopez.
The party was a celebration for the rapper Q-Tip, whose album ”Amplified” was recently released. The authorities said that Jay Z and the other assailant fled after the attacks, which occurred shortly before midnight on Wednesday.
The police did not say what had led to the altercation at the party.
Mr. Richman would not comment about his client’s role, but said, ”Allegedly there was an altercation over someone claiming there were pirated tapes” of Jay Z‘s new album.
Mr. Rivera, who goes by the name Un, had for years operated Undeas Entertainment from his Brooklyn neighborhood, generating millions of dollars for its distributor, Time Warner’s Atlantic Group. Then last year, he joined forces with Epic Records, a Sony company, in a joint venture called Untertainment Records.”
(Juan Forero, New York Times)
Verdict: December 7th, 2001. Rapper Jay-Z plead guilty in October to misdemeanor assault, admitting he stabbed Lance “Un” Rivera at a club party on Dec. 1, 1999.
Carter accused Rivera of making and selling counterfeit copies of one of his recordings, then stabbed him with a five-inch knife at least twice, according to a police account.
As part of a plea agreement, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Micki Scherer sentenced Carter to three years probation. The rapper refused to talk to reporters, but his lawyer, Ben Brafman, said his client was pleased the case was resolved.
Rivera did not file a lawsuit against the rapper, and the two settled out of court for between $500,000 and $1 million. Rivera later told prosecutors he was not interested in pursuing the case.
“He and his boys gon’ be yappin’ to the Captain
And there I go, trapped in the Kit-Kat again
Back through the system with the riff-raff again
Fiends on the floor, scratchin’ again
Paparazzis with they cameras, snappin’ them
D.A. try to give a nigga shaft again
Half a mill’ for bail ’cause I’m African
All because this fool was harassin’ them
Tryin’ to play the boy like he’s saccharin’
But ain’t nuttin’ sweet ’bout how I hold my gun
I got 99 Problems B and a bitch ain’t one, hit me”
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