Sketchy Stories About Jay Z We Hope Aren't True

Jay Z is living the dream now, but he wasn't always a millionaire 600 times over, a doting dad, or Beyoncé's main man. In fact, based on what we've heard from this source and that, the rapper has a lot of skeletons. Here are a few shady stories about Hova we hope aren't true.

He may have stabbed someone over a C-list rapper

In 1999, Jay Z reportedly stabbed music producer Lance "Un" Rivera at a record release party. For the longest time, it was rumored the altercation was over Un alleged leaking Jay Z's album Vol. 3: The Life and Times of S. Carter. However, many feel the violence truly stemmed from Jay Z's feelings for rapper Charli Baltimore, the Notorious B.I.G.'s ex-girlfriend.

Fellow rapper Cam'ron recently supported the latter theory in an interview with DJ Whoo Kid. "This was all over Charli Baltimore," Cam'ron said. "I'm not going to get into the details of what happened and why..Jay liked Charli at one time...Un and Jay s**t: they can say a song leaked or whatever but it was over Charli Baltimore."

Is his marriage a business agreement?

Sources claim the Carters are merely a contract; not crazy in love. "Business is always part of the equation. They know they're the king and queen of hip-hop—and really, all of music. Neither wants to lose that," an insider told Page Six.

The pair supposedly began as a romantic pursuit, but only on Hov's end. According to Bey's uncle, Larry Beyince (yes, Beyince), "He was after her and she wasn't [interested]. She told me she wasn't too fond of him," he told Page Six. "I guess she wasn't attracted to him."

A source told Page Six, "Jay's a kingmaker; she recognized that. This was a come-up for her, no question. She had to learn the ropes as presented by Jay—but really, this was mostly about business." The source also claimed that before tying the knot, "they each had guilty pleasures" with other people.

"There's no bigger controller than Jay. She's great, but she'd be a little lower on the totem pole if it weren't for hooking up with him," the insider said. "They are solid, solid business people who know what they're doing." As far as staying together despite a slew of scandals, the source explained, "There's face-saving involved—they don't want to be looked at like other celebrities out there. They are business people first, entertainers second. Husband and wife comes somewhere down the line."

He may have a love child or two

If you thought Blue Ivy was Jay Z's only kid, you may be mistaken, but no one's really sure. The rapper has been embroiled in a paternity case regarding a young man named Rymir Satterthrwaite whose mother, Wanda, reportedly dated Jay Z in the '90s. According to Radar Online, Satterthwaite, through his legal guardian, filed a civil lawsuit in December 2014 accusing Jay Z of manipulating the legal system to avoid a paternity test.

Satterthrwaite isn't alone. In 2011, a man named Jerald Andrews initially claimed that DNA tests proved Jay Z fathered a son with Trinidadian model Shenelle Scott, but Andrews later claimed he knew nothing about a paternity test. The National Enquirer reported that Jay Z paid $1 million to keep his name off the child's birth certificate, but Jay Z has never admitted to any children out of wedlock.

Did he hook up with fashion designer Rachel Roy?

In Beyoncé's "Sorry" track off her notorious Lemonade album, she calls out "Becky with the good hair." Her "Bey Hive" of fans immediately began investigating the lyric and soon decided "Becky" was fashion designer Rachel Roy. Roy was accused of being the fuel behind the infamous fight between Jay Z and Beyoncé's sister, Solange Knowles, in an elevator during the 2015 Met Gala. The woman in question may have outed herself on Instagram. Just after Lemonade dropped, Roy posted a photo with the caption, "Good hair, don't care."

To be fair, Roy's post confirms nothing because, as a source told Page Six, "[Roy] loves the attention and being in the headlines. I'm not surprised she would jump on this, especially after [what happened after] the Met Gala. It's embarrassing, but Rachel loves press."

Beyoncé has remained tight-lipped about Becky's identity (or identities) in a Carly Simon-esque "you know what you did," kind of way. It's probably (hopefully) a better story in our imaginations, anyway.

His questionable relationship with Beyoncé's dad

Talk about "Daddy Lessons." A source told In Touch that Jay Z may actually be hiring hookers...with Beyoncé's dad, Mathew Knowles. What the what? "One day while Jay and Mathew were at the Beverly Wilshire hotel [in Beverly Hills], a prostitute showed up and caused a huge scene out front," a source said. "She was screaming wildly that they needed to pay her for [sleeping with] them both..There were endless women around for both Jay Z and Mathew."

Did he cheat with Rihanna or just pretend to for the press?

J. Randy Taraborrelli, who wrote an unauthorized biography of Beyoncé, alleges that though Beyoncé and Rihanna are friendly now, they weren't always cordial—and that Beyoncé dumped Jay Z temporarily while she figured out if there was any truth to the rumors that Jay Z and Rihanna were romantically involved. A source told Page Six that Jay Z and Solange's infamous elevator fight was actually over Jay wanting to party with Rihanna; not over an alleged affair with Rachel Roy. "Solange was like, 'Enough is enough—you must be [screwing] Rihanna,'" the source recalled. "To many people who know them, they know it's not out of the realm of possibility."

However, Taraborrelli himself is on the fence about the accuracy of the Rihanna affair rumors. "Beyoncé didn't know what to make of this, and it actually ended up breaking them up for a time," Taraborrelli told Entertainment Tonight. "They spent maybe a year apart from each other because Beyoncé just wasn't sure what to make of the situation with Rihanna." Taraborrelli noted that many believed publicists spread the rumor about Hov and Rih to drum up interest in her debut single, "Pon De Replay." The New York Daily News reported Jay Z's only issue with the PR stunt gone awry was that Rihanna was a minor at the time.

He can't stand Kanye West

Sources told Page Six that not only is Jay Z's marriage a sham, but so is his BFF-ship with Kanye West, who affectionately calls him his "big brother." In October 2016, West called Jay out onstage during his Saint Pablo tour, ranting, "Don't call me after the robbery and say, 'How you feelin'?' You wanna know how I'm feelin'? Come by the house...Bring the kids by the house like we brothers...Our kids ain't never even played together."

It sounds like West's perception may be accurate. "Jay can't stand him," a source told the tab. "Everyone knows that." As far as the duo's Watch the Throne collaboration, the source said, "There was so much money to be made. Jay was like, 'I'm gonna knock this out. We're going to do a tour to bring in millions of dollars. I can tolerate that.' The reality is that Jay doesn't want that much to do with him. He likes his own space and is private. They're very much not the same person. Jay's immediate circle is very insular, and Kanye is just a guy who always wants something in the spotlight."

Did he sabotage his concert tour with R. Kelly?

Jay Z's collaboration with R. Kelly, The Best of Both Worlds, was released in 2002—right around the time Kelly was accused of committing statutory rape. The Chicago Tribune reported that Jay Z quickly distanced himself from the project, but the pair still had to tour together two years later. The subsequent tour was a disaster and some suggested Jay Z's camp was deliberating sabotaging it.

During a show in St. Louis, Kelly allegedly assaulted a lighting director, then "left the stage and went to McDonald's, where he worked the drive-thru window," the Tribune said. Several concerts were canceled, and the duo's concert at Madison Square Garden in October 2004 went down in infamy. Kelly reportedly stopped 10 minutes into his set, claiming someone pointed a gun at him, then he went to his dressing room to calm down for about 20 minutes. When Kelly attempted to return to the stage, he he was reportedly pepper-sprayed by a friend of Jay Z's. .

"Jay Z claimed to have no prior knowledge of the attack on Kelly," said The Chicago Tribune , "for which his friend Tyran ”Ty Ty' Smith was arrested. The promoter kicked Kelly off the tour for what would be called 'unsafe and unpredictable behavior.' Smith pled guilty to disorderly conduct, and Kelly and Jay Z filed multiple lawsuits against each other." Whatever happened during that tour, it certainly wasn't the best of anything.