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Former Jay Z Associate Explains How Rapper Was Almost Sent to Jail

By Kevin Rutherford

Could Jay Z have been sent to jail in the late-’80s on an attempted murder charge?

That’s what Calvin “Klein” Bacote, a former associate of the rapper, is saying in a new interview with VLADTV. According to Bacote, the duo had been at a party that turned violent, causing both to be charged with attempted murder and more.

“We were at a party, mayhem just broke out crazy,” Bacote said. “Jay and I wound up being the ones to get caught. We actually got locked up, charged with attempted murder, attempted murder to maim, battery assault, and possession of a deadly weapon.”

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However, Bacote, a legend on the streets of Brooklyn, took the fall for the incident, paying $50,000 to have the charges dropped against the rapper because of Jay’s budding rap opportunities; the person bringing the charges would only allow for one of the two to have their charges dropped in a behind-the-scenes deal.

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“Keep in mind… Jay would have lost his moment of opportunity,” he said. “He and I both would have been sitting in there doing more than 10 years.”

If the name “Klein” sounds familiar, it’s because he was referenced in a Jay Z song, which Bacote said is directly calling back the party incident. “I never felt more alive / riding shotgun in Klein’s green five,” he raps on “Allure,” from the Black Album. “Until the cops pulled guns.”

He ended up behind bars for four years on an assault charge.

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