In December 1999, Jay-Z surrendered to the police a day after he allegedly stabbed record executive Lance “Un” Rivera in the stomach with a 5-inch blade at the release party for Q-Tip’s album Amplified at the Kit Kat Klub in New York City. Jay-Z was placed under arrest but was soon released on $50,000 bail. Almost two years later, Beyoncé’s husband pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and accepted a three-year probation sentence.
Jay-Z addressed the stabbing incident in his 2010 book Decoded, in which he admitted “blacking out with anger” after meeting Rivera, the man he believed was behind the bootlegging of his album Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter. Calling the stabbing a result of his “momentary loss of control,” the rapper “vowed to never allow [himself] to be in a situation like that again.”