Jay-Z and Rihanna

We wouldn’t go as far as saying that Jay-Z was the man who was single-handedly responsible for Rihanna‘s rapid shoot to stardom, but he did play a major role in her career, and has thusfar. When asked for words of support for Rihanna at his Two Kings dinner:

“This is a real situation,” he said in Phoenix at the Sprite Green presents the Third Annual Two Kings dinner with Jay-Z and Lebron James, as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend. “You have to have compassion for others. Just imagine it being your sister or mom and then think about how we should talk about that,” the hip-hop mogul, 39, continued. “I just think we should all support her. She’s going through a tough time. You have to realize she’s a young girl, as well. She’s very young.”

Asked if he’d seen Rihanna, Jay-Z replied, “I don’t want to go into it.”

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Even though a person in Jay-Z’s camp claims he said something to the tune of: “Chris Brown done f****d up now, he better watch his back” this is Jay’s first time actually speaking out in public about the incident.