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As Jay-Z prepares for his upcoming trial on assault charges, the Roc-a-Fella rapper
plans to shoot a courtroom-themed video for his new single, "Guilty Until Proven
Innocent," in early March.
Jay-Z and director Paul Hunter will shoot the clip in Los Angeles following the Soul Train
Music Awards, which will be taped on February 28 at the Shrine Auditorium.
A publicist for Jay-Z said the video shoot was being scheduled in conjunction with the
awards so singer/producer R. Kelly, who sings the chorus hook on "Guilty Until Proven
Innocent," could participate in the video.
Kelly, who doesn't like to travel outside his home base of Chicago, will be in L.A. to
attend the awards show, where he has been nominated in the three categories, including
R&B/Soul or Rap Album of the Year for his TP-2.com. Coincidentally, Jay-Z's The
Dynasty, Roc La Familia will also be vying for that award.
According to Jay-Z's reps, the video will be shot in and around some of the more famous
courthouse locations in Los Angeles, although the spokesperson was quick to note that
Jay-Z wouldn't appear in all of the scenes and that the clip would not specifically
address the pending assault charges.
Jay-Z was arrested in December 1999 and charged with felony assault for allegedly stabbing
a music executive during a record release party at Manhattan's Kit Kat Club for Q-Tip's Amplified.
Jay-Z touches on the case in the first two verses of "Guilty Until Proven
Innocent": "I know stress, drama, n----z upsettin' my mama/ Arrested, put in the
lineup, tryin' to put dents in my armor/ But I'm a survivor, plus I'm liver than most/ Out
on bail, fifty thou', still ridin' with toast."
The rapper also chides members of the media for jumping on the story, noting that
"Press try to throw dirt on my name, disturbin' my game/ Seemed happy when they heard
he was arraigned, glad he's indicted/ Got big money, big lawyers to fight it."
R. Kelly takes up Jay-Z's defense on the chorus, singing "You can't touch me, no you
can't touch me/ Jigga, Kelly, not guilty/ Try to charge me, but I'm not guilty."
Jay-Z will be represented in the assault case by Murray Richman, the lawyer currently
defending Jamal "Shyne" Barrow in his trial on charges of attempted murder,
assault, reckless endangerment and weapons possession.
Jay-Z's trial was originally supposed to start in a Manhattan court this month, but
Richman said he will ask for a two-month delay during a pretrial hearing on February 21.