In an interview with Vlad, JAZ-O talked about giving JAY-Z the gun he used to shoot his brother.
“I had no idea for what reason and I don’t think that was the purpose, I’m sure that wasn’t the purpose he wanted the gun, but that’s just how it turned out,” JAZ-O told Vlad.
Back in 2010, during an interview with The Guardian, Hov admitted that the shooting has haunted him since childhood. His 1997 track “You Must Love Me” featuring Kelly Price, painted a picture of how the shooting transpired. “Got intense, real intense as we got older/Never believed it would lead to me poppin’ one in your shoulder/Where my rings? Knew you had it ‘cause you took too long,” he rapped. The In My Life, Vol. 1 song also described his immediate panic and running over to JAZ-O’s house after shooting his brother.
“In the song, ‘You Must Love Me’, he talked about how he ran to my crib. He ran to my crib because you bust a gun, I don’t care who you are, you get nervous. You get nervous and you need somewhere to run to, so I guess he was like, ‘Let me run over to this n*gga’s house and drop this sh*t off for worst-case scenario’. So he came up there and dropped it off and everything,” JAZ-O said.
JAY-Z has yet to comment on his mentor’s latest interview.