NEW YORK — Jay-Z is cooperating with a police investigation into the stabbing Wednesday
night of record executive Lance “Un” Rivera and “absolutely denies” he
was involved, his label said Thursday (Dec. 2).
“The police have told us that our artist Jay-Z was present at the club
and have asked him to cooperate in their investigation,” Roc-a-Fella
Records and Def Jam Records said in a statement. “He is doing so voluntarily.
“Jay-Z absolutely denies any allegations that he was involved in the
incident,” the statement said.
Rivera, who started the Untertainment label with the late Notorious B.I.G.,
was one of two people stabbed during a party marking the release of
ex–A Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip’s first solo album, Amplified,
according to a Rivera spokesperson who asked not to be identified.
Rivera, who was stabbed in the back and chest, was released from St.
Vincent’s Hospital at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, according to hospital spokesperson
Police said two men were stabbed at the party, held at the Kit Kat Club.
Officials identified them only as a 29-year-old man and a 33-year-old
man. Rivera is 33.
A police department source who asked not to be identified said she did not know when — or if — Jay-Z would meet with investigators. “We’re
not going to confirm what they put out,” she said of the label’s statement.
MTV News reported Thursday morning that police were seeking Jay-Z
(born Shawn Carter) for questioning.
Gerald McKelvey, a spokesperson for the rapper, also declined to say when
Jay-Z would meet with police and would not elaborate on the label statement.
Rivera was resting at home Thursday afternoon, his spokesperson said. She
said Rivera would not comment until Friday at the earliest. One of his
wounds, the spokesperson said, came close to his heart and lungs.
The other victim was punched in the face, police said. Police described
the attackers as men in their 20s. No arrests have been made, they said.
Jessica Geula, corporate sales director at the Kit Kat Club, said Jay-Z
was at the club when the attack occurred. Other guests at the high-profile
party included Busta Rhymes, The Artist, Puff Daddy and Ice-T, she said.
After the stabbing, she said, the party “got stopped, and Q-Tip was very
Spokespersons for Q-Tip and Ice-T said the artists would not comment on
Earlier Wednesday, Jay Z performed songs from his upcoming album, Vol.
3 … Life and Times of S. Carter, at a private party held at Irving
Plaza. The album is due Dec. 28.
The rapper’s 1998 album, Vol. 2 … Hard Knock Life, featuring
“Money Ain’t a Thang” (RealAudio
excerpt), topped the Billboard 200 albums chart for five
weeks and is certified quadruple-platinum.
“It is our hope the media will not allow [the incident] to cast a shadow
over Jay-Z’s positive contributions to the hip-hop community or the
imminent release of his new album,” the Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam statement
Jay-Z runs Roc-a-Fella Records with Damon Dash. Def Jam Records distributes
that label’s records.