Get Ready For Your Heart To Hurt: Jay-Z Shot His Own Brother When He Was 12


Ugh, it’s only Monday and already we are trying not to cry in our cubicle, although suprisingly it’s over an incredibly sad celeb story and not just Taylor Swift’s new bangs. While most of us think of Jay-Z primarily as the talented millionaire who gets to sleep next to our queen Beyonce, the road from his childhood in Brooklyn to international rap superstardom was nowhere near as dreamy.

In an interview with The Guardian, the rapper recently opened up about how at 12, Jay-Z shot his brother Eric after his sibling stole a ring from a tween-age Hova in order to feed his drug addiction. Still know as Shawn Carter, Jay-Z reveals that after the incident, “I thought my life was over. I thought I’d go to jail forever. It was terrible. I was a boy, a child. I was terrified.” If the thought of a little baby Hova dealing with something so horrible doesn’t make your eyes get at least a little misty, you literally aren’t a human being.

Luckily his brother recovered from the injury, never reporting the incident to police and even apologizing to Shawn in the hospital for the effects of his addition. While the interview marks the first time Jay-Z has opened up about the incident, he did write about it on his album “In My Lifetime, Vol. 1″ on the song “You Must Love Me”, in which he raps, “Saw the devil in your eyes, high off more than weed, confused, I just closed my young eyes and squeezed.” Despite the fact while that growing up, he himself was shot three times, Jay-Z believes,”It’s like there was some rogue angel watching over us.” Ugh, why doesn’t this damn cubicle have a door?!?! Now everyone is going to know why our paperwork is all wrinkly with tear stains.

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