The internet has been in a silent uproar over an alleged incident of Jay-Z striking a woman, but the speculation over a 3-second moving GIF image has been proven inaccurate.
The image, which has been spread through the internet through websites, instant messenger transmissions and message boards, seems to show the image of Jay-Z assaulting a women considerably smaller than he is.
Jay-Z responded to the charges though a Roc representative and categorically denied the accusations. The rep also clarified exactly where the scene came from.
The person in the video is an executive at Roc-A-Fella and a friend of Jay-Zs. What you see in the video is a scene from Back Stage, he said. Back Stage is the 2000 movie that chronicled the 1999 Hard Knock Life Tour, the roving show that featured Jay-Z, DMX, Method Man, Redman, The Roc and other popular rappers like Ja Rule. The female employees name is being withheld at the request of Roc-A-Fella.
Specifically, the scene is derived from Chapter 14: Two Months Too Long, the Roc-A-Fella rep disclosed. The context of the play fighting is the tour has gone on too long and she is making fun of Jay-Z and if you listen you hear her teasing [like] Gimme elbow room, gimme elbow room, Im the Jigga man.
Another source further detailed Jays relationship with the Roc executive.
She and Jay grew up together and play like that which is why no one of people watching look fazed by it, the source said. She still works for and with Jay.
Once you know its [the executive] and you know her, it all makes sense, but for the average person, they are going to run with it.
In the scene, Jays-Zs former mentor Jaz-O can be seen to the right with a semi-smile on his face as Jay-Z supposedly strikes the women. None of the others in the scene express dismay at the display either.
According to the representative, Jay-Z and other sources, the pair is described as life long friends, even though the exact length of their relationship was undetermined.
The Roc-A-Fella representative stated that the mainstream media has begun to call inquiring about the nature of the video hoping for some headlining news.
If Jay was beating up a female, it certainly wouldnt appear in a movie put out by Roc-A-Fella, the rep concluded.