Lance Rivera Says Jay-Z Was Not Responsible For 1999 Stabbing

Lance Rivera is finally speaking out about the infamous 1999 incident.

BYBen Mock
Lance Rivera Says Jay-Z Was Not Responsible For 1999 Stabbing

Lance "Un" Rivera is one of the biggest names in the world of music production. Best known for his connection with Notorious B.I.G., Rivera is a well-respected name in the industry. However, he is perhaps best known for a 1999 incident where he was stabbed by Jay-Z. The incident reportedly happened at the release of Amplified. Additionally, in 2001, Jay-Z pled guilty to the crime.

However, in a new interview with Vlad TV, Rivera made the bombshell claim that he was not in fact stabbed by the rap legend. While Rivera acknowledges that Jay-Z was at the event, he was not the one who (literally) stabbed him in the back. The incident took place at the iconic Kit Kat Club. After pleading guilty, Jay-Z was given three years probation. During that probation, Jay-Z released two #1 albums, The Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse and The Black Album.

Rivera Shares New Details About 1999 Stabbing

'I ended up getting surrounded by a bunch of people, there was probably ten knives that I knew of, and I ended up gettin' stabbed at the Kit Kat club," Rivera said. "Me and Jay-Z had a conversation right before I got hit in the head with a champagne bottle,' explained Rivera. 'It was brief conversation and I was lookin' at him like, "What are you talkin' about? He just kept sayin', "You broke my heart, you broke my heart," and I'm like, "What are you talkin' about?" However, he insists that it was not Jay-Z who stabbed him.

"If anybody knows Jay-Z, he's a nice guy, right? He's an artist, a poet. He's gifted. It's never been his history," he continued. Furthermore, he added that Jay-Z wouldn't hadn't blown up if he had stabbed him. "If Jay-Z had stabbed me, y'all wouldn't've got the Black album. You know, through my whole history, I'm an eye-for-an-eye type of guy." However, this is also not the first time that someone has claimed that Jay-Z was innocent. Nas' 2001 diss track "Ether" alluded to the notion that Jay-Z had taken the fall to protect a friend. Furthermore, follow all the latest music industry news here at HotNewHipHop.


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Benjamin Mock (they/them) is a sports and culture writer working out of Philadelphia. Previously writing for the likes of Fixture, Dexerto, Fragster, and Jaxon, Ben has dedicated themselves to engaging and accessible articles about sports, esports, and internet culture. With a love for the weirder stories, you never quite know what to expect from their work.