For some reason I didn’t know this story. And I thought I already knew everything I needed to know about Hov. Also does anyone else find it ironic that although Jaz-O has beef with Jay-Z the only reason people still mention his name is because of Jay-Z? Now the dude is writing a book on him? C’mon son. #Thirsty. According to The NY Post:
- He didn’t want to shoot him — just scare him.That’s what a young Shawn Corey Carter, a 17-year-old cocaine dealer, was thinking when he borrowed a gun and came after his drugged-out older brother, Eric, then 20, because he had been stealing Shawn’s jewelry and had just swiped a ring.
But instead of making a threat, “I just closed my young eyes and squeezed,” the rapper recalled, pumping a single bullet into his brother’s shoulder.
Carter raced to his hip-hop mentor for help.
“He was like, ‘I shot my brother,’ ” recalls Johnathan “Jaz-O” Burks in a new biography, Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office.
“I was like, ‘What the f–k did you shoot him for?’ He’s like, ‘I told him to stop taking my stuff.’ He said it was kind of an accident . . . but the situation got kind of crazy, and he just happened to hit him in the arm.’ ”
Eric went to the hospital but said he’d been struck with a random stray shot, and never pressed charges. The brothers made up.
Shawn Carter would go on to become Jay-Z — New York’s most famous musician, an entrepreneur worth an estimated $450 million, making him the most successful rap mogul ever.