Jay Z’s associate, Calvin Beacote Klein, who Hov mentioned in his song “Allure” (“I never felt more alive, riding shotgun in Klein’s green five) from The Black Album, recently sat down with VladTV to recount his history with Jay Z. Bacote, who penned the book Neighborhoods Under Siege: Memoirs Of A Brooklyn Don, claimed that he took a charge for Jay Z so he could pursue his rap career.
“We were at a party and mayhem just broke out crazy,” said Klein. “Jay and I wound up being the ones to get caught. We actually got locked up, charged with attempted murder, attempted murder to main, battery assault, and possession of a deadly weapon.”
Klein continued to say that he was able to convince the alleged victim to drop one of the charges by paying fifty grand and took the brunt of the rest of the charges himself so Jay Z could walk.
“A lot of people don’t realize that Jay would have lost his moment of opportunity because he and I both would have both been sitting in there doing more than 10 years because I went to trial facing forty years,” explained Klein. “I didn’t want him to miss that opportunity so I told him, ‘Nah, we did what we had to do to get to this point and I’m going to take the weight of the case. I just want you to go home, straighten everything out and come back and bail me out. That’s what happened.”
When it was all said and done, Klein did four years in the pen for an assault charge and Jay Z became the biggest hip-hop artist on the planet.