R. Kelly Theororized About Jay-Z Trying To Kill Him While In Jail, Former Cellmate Claims

Ronnie Bo had plenty to dish on about living with Kelly during his interview with "Hip-Hop News Uncensored."

BYHayley Hynes
The Best Of Both Worlds-Jay-Z and R Kelly Press Conference

Though he's still seen as one of the most influential artists to touch R&B by many lovers of the genre, it's hard to deny the disappointment of R. Kelly's downfall. It's been an especially rough few years for the vocalist. He's set to remain behind bars for the near future due to his heinous crimes against Black girls and women. We haven't heard much from the embattled star directly. However, on Friday (June 9), his former cellmate, Ronnie Bo, spoke with Hip-Hop News Uncensored about what his time locked up with Kelly was like.

According to Bo, the "I Believe I Can Fly" hitmaker had a few theories about one past collaborator. Specifically, he believe that Jay-Z may have been involved in a murder conspiracy. "He felt like JAY-Z was kind of insecure because, at the time, R. Kelly was technically bigger than him," Kelly's cellmate told the outlet. "He felt like [during] one of the shows when they was in Madison Square Garden [in 2004] prior to that event, he said days before the event that he was getting death threats that he felt was coming from JAY-Z." At the time, both artists were touring together. They had just dropped The Best of Both Worlds in 2002, and Unfinished Business two years later.

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"I don’t know if this is going to sound outrageous... He felt like JAY-Z was trying to get him killed for whatever reason," Ronnie added. During their joint tour, the convicted sex offender left the stage during a Madison Square Garden show as he believed men were pointing guns at him. On his way back out, he was infamously pepper-sprayed by Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith, a close friend of Hov's. This ultimately resulted in the end of his and Kelly's complicated working relationship.

Elsewhere in the news, it was reported earlier this month that Jay-Z's former New York apartment has been listed for sale for $1.4 million. It's obviously got nothing on the $200M home he and Beyonce just purchased in California, but still, it's a significant piece of hip-hop history and the Roc Nation head's come-up in the industry. Read more about the listing at the link below, and check back later for more pop culture news updates.

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Hayley Hynes is the Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, and has been since 2021. She began writing for the website that same year, primarily covering content in the Music, Pop Culture, and Streetwear niches after graduating from Vancouver’s Blanche Macdonald Centre with a Fashion Marketing Diploma. She previously reported on Travel, Entertainment, Beauty, and News at Narcity Canada for over three years. Hayley has also contributed articles and interviews within these realms to Folklr Magazine and the Calgary Journal while studying Journalism at Mount Royal University. In her spare time, she freelances for Bandbox Vinyl, having already interviewed hip-hop icons like Atmosphere and explored Syd’s discography. Hayley also uses her expansive pop culture knowledge and passion for astrology/self-enhancement to help others explore their curiosity in an ongoing Instagram video series. Among her favourite hip-hop artists are A$AP Rocky, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, and Mac Miller.