Lance “Un” Rivera was reportedly stabbed in the stomach and shoulder by Jay-Z at the release party for Q-Tip’s Amplified album back in 1999. According to reports at the time, Jay-Z stabbed Un at the now-closed Kit Kat Club in Times Square because he was mad the former music executive leaked his album Vol. 3… Life and Times Of S. Carter before its release.
Although he turned himself in for questioning, Jay-Z maintained he had nothing to do with the famous incident. He pleaded not guilty to the charges at his initial indictment in February 2000, but accepted responsibility 3-years later after prosecutors promised him that they would seek a sentence of three years probation, if he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour assault charge. He faced a possible 15 years in jail on the second degree felony assault charge.
Jay accepted responsibility for the stabbing and was sentenced to three years probation by Supreme Court judge Micki Scherer.
“I have accepted responsibility for my actions as well as the actions of others who were involved in a dispute with Lance Rivera at the Kit Kat Club in December 1999,” Jay said in a statement at the time.
24-years later after the controversial incident, Lance “Un” Rivera believes prosecutors got it wrong. In a new interview with Vlad TV, the Producer/film maker says he’s certain Jay-Z wasn’t the person who attacked him.
“No, JAY-Z wasn’t the one who actually stabbed me,” he said when asked about the night in Manhattan. “JAY-Z and me had a conversation before I got hit in the head with a champagne bottle … I don’t know where they got JAY-Z stabbed me. Because if anyone knows JAY-Z they know he’s a nice guy. He’s an artist. He’s a poet. He’s gifted. It’s never been his history.”
He continued. “If Jay-Z had stabbed me y’all wouldn’t have got the Black Album. Because through my whole history I’m an eye for an eye type of guy,” he declared. He later talked about Nas referencing the incident on Ether and wondered why nobody believed the QB legend.
While Un doesnt say who did it, Jay-Z owned up to the stabbing in his record “Kill Jay-Z.” On the 4:44 track he raps: “Crazy how life works
You got a knot in your chest, imagine how a knife hurts. You stabbed Un over some records
Your excuse was “He was talkin’ too reckless!””
In his book Decoded, He claimed Un got “real loud” when he confronted him about allegedly bootlegging his album. However, Un denies having any altercation with Jay-Z, stating “I’ve never gotten loud with Jay.”
Watch the full episode below.