Jay Z wiped the smile off his face as he left the Securities and Exchange Commission office in New York City on Tuesday. The gravity of his predicament seemed to weigh heavily on him.



The 48-year-old rap mogul was all smiles when he went in to sit for a deposition earlier in the day.

The entertainer and businessman was called to testify in a case involving Iconix Brand Group, the company that purchased his former apparel brand, Rocawear, for a reported $200 million in 2007.

The businessman spent a long afternoon answering tough questions from SEC officials who are investigating potential accounting fraud violations by Iconix and Jay Z.

Jay Z previously ignored two summons to appear before the commission. But a federal judge dropped the hammer last week and ordered the rap mogul to show cause why he shouldn’t be called to testify.

The “99 Problems” hitmaker gave a variety of excuses, including saying the deposition would interfere with his and wife Beyonce’s upcoming tour.

His main excuse was that he didn’t believe he had any relevant information to share with the investigators. But the investigators thought differently.

Photos by JosiahW / BACKGRID



  • justlooking

    He looks like he’s on the run to do time.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Yeah sorry. An L on this one Jay. You had chances.

  • MissHarlem

    He’ll be aight as well as his bank account. Mine on the other hand…? I’m tired of rent gotdamn. Where the hell is my sugar daddy?!! Life ain’t been no wooden staircase chile.

  • justlooking

    Then when you got it and him. Mo money….Mo Problems

  • Dowoop

    He how old and still trying to dress like he’s 16. That’s all I got for this post.

  • Tiff J

    Is he doing the “I’m making an album, so I’m not going to cut my hair” thing again? He’s the kind of guy that NEEDS a fresh hair cut to look “cute.” He can’t do the rough and rugged outdoors man thing. Not a good look for him.

  • MissHarlem

    ? I know I threw away the one in DC for that same reason. However I’m taking applications I’s tiyad boss

  • Latisaj

    And Dame Wept

  • justlooking

    IKR Sis….Catch and Release it’s summer.

  • Tiff J

    Are they going to call Dame Dash to come sit with them? I’m sure he’d be MORE than happy to go up there and have a captive audience for him to speak to. LOL

  • Roxie Moxie

    Interesting. I thought the SEC adhered to their strict policy of never commenting on the existence or status of a ongoing investigation? At least, that was what I learned in my business class. *shrugs*

    Either way, when the SEC investigates your a**, you ALREADY in trouble. It’s kinda like when your parents used to ask you a question they already knew the answer to….they just wanna see if you gonna lie or not. Same scenario.

  • MissHarlem

    Story of my life ?. I release well it’s the catching that idc bout. Ahh first world problems

  • stav

    Cute and Jay-z would be the ultimate antonym!

  • MsPam

    It will take much more than a haircut for Jay to look cute, he has a face that only his mom could love.

  • DroneRivers

    Two things.
    1. If he grows locks, I think I will die laughing.
    2. What is the pH level of Smart Water?

  • DroneRivers

    LOL Not a wooden staircase! He is looking rough tho. Like he just got out of an elevator with Solange.

  • SoulfulLove

    He got 99 problems and the Feds is one

  • Roxie Moxie

    LMAO!!!! Yeah, no bueno on the locks! He’ll look like Sideshow Bob, bruh. hahahaha
    And not sure about the pH level, but the minerals in the water probably calcified his pineal (sp) gland; he ain’t so smart after all. LOL

  • Greatgrape37

    He’s looking good to me

  • MissHarlem

    I was referring to myself ? Jay rough or not will be ok. Me on the other hand lawd ??

  • che’lint

    That bright photographer in the first photo, might have broken his hip. Good grief.?

  • SpillyNillie

    I guess the twins will be 14 before we lay eyes on em…

  • DroneRivers

    lmao

  • soldierwoman89

    What does Bey see in this ugly MOFO…hell IJS

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Where is J’s lawyer?

  • MissHarlem

    6.97 is the ph

  • Dove Amerie

    I bet all those former CEO’s are breathing a sigh of relief. Where are his billions now?

  • Junkanoo

    Their marriage has to be pure business how can you fake being turned on by that face getting drunk nitely could cause a drinking issue probably why she stay touring to avoid sex looking at him or being touched

  • Pitty Patty

    I have an inkling that a divorce may be coming after this tour. I could be wrong…I hope I’m wrong, but something aint right.

  • DroneRivers

    From what I’ve seen of him in interviews and heard from him in his music, he’s smart and has a great personality. I actually don’t think he’s ugly, but brains wins over looks any day in my book.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I think so. Bey said that’s what he does (let his hair grow) when he’s working on an album.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Jay-Z is really starting to age, although he does look good for an almost 60 year old man.

    And I don’t care what position we’re in on the bed–that’s a face best enjoyed with every light off in the house.

    He’s got fat boy titties that are starting to grow too. Pretty soon, he’ll be able to wear his wife’s bras!

    Jay has always come across as down low to me. I never cared to dig deep into his closet but his relationship with Obama had me side-eyeing the both of them, to be honest. They seemed like two men who were harboring a deep-seated, passionate and yet forbidden lust for each other.

    Makes you wonder if the Becky With The Good Hair was a man?

  • DroneRivers

    Or she could actually be attracted to him and in love. She could’ve had a business arrangement with any man in the industry if all she wanted was a front. She chose him for a reason.

  • soldierwoman89

    That’s u boo..I don’t do ugly nor do I do EX DRUG DEALERS NOR DO I DO NECROS WHO DON’T CLAIM THEIR KIDS! ALL THIS MAKES HIM UGLY! #GOODAMDAY!

  • soldierwoman89

    Lol and his looks

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Beyonce is obsessed with that man. He’ll leave her before she ever leaves him.

  • DroneRivers

    lol! thanks. That’s not so great. Now I’m wondering if he really drinks that or they just gave that to him inside.

  • DroneRivers

    Yep, that’s me. And apparently Beyonce, too. lol #CAPSLOCKGANG

  • MissHarlem

    Well we only need a ph of 6-8 so its not too bad. I was researching alkaline vs acidic in water and what’s needed and it changed how I viewed what I thought I needed. Poland is 6.31 so it’s in the same league as smart water. Water became an even bigger hustle. Buy a distiller and do it yourself.

  • noted24

    It often makes me chuckle. From personal experience, some of the most facially and body challenged people are always the ones calling this man ugly. I mean VERY unattractive people at that. I think he looks average, I seen way worse. Especially this past mother’s day and the photos I saw. JS?

  • Miss Thang

    I hate his personality and his looks equally so I don’t get what she sees in him, either. But that’s her business. It’s not for me to get.

  • Mec-One

    Can’t reason with haters

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I have several straight lady friends that are very pretty, some gorgeous, and they love men that are what a lot of straight women would look at as being unattractive. They find lots of other qualities in those men that they are attracted to though. Maybe he has good convo, made her laugh a lot? I’ve had some unattractive/bad built women in my time but there was always something that got my attention with them. If someone has really good convo, loves all types of music, and can make me laugh… they’re in like Flynn!

  • the guest

    This is true. I don’t want Jay Z to be in trouble. I feel this country is attacking black wealth. Seems like only Oprah is safe and that’s because white women adore her for standing up for them. Not being facetious at all. This really seems like a time where being black and wealthy is not safe. There was a brief time when obtaining wealth gave black people a little relief, now it makes them a target.

  • Miss Thang

    He’s not smiling now! lol

  • DroneRivers

    Really? I think he’s pretty funny and very chill. But I feel you, everything ain’t for everybody lol

  • Thingamajig

    Right. I saw a photo of him when he was little and he was adorable and even when he came out in the 90s I thought he was aight. And he still is aight. People calling other people ugly are the one’s who have some sought of insecurity going on with themselves.

  • Rachel

    Jay looking like the splitting image of that son he refuses to acknowledge.

  • Simone

    Right! LOL I feel ya

  • Logan Roberts

    Every month I say this about rent ?

  • Roxie Moxie

    Say that again for the people in the back!!! Brains wins ALL day in my book, too.

  • Roxie Moxie

    “Makes you wonder if the Becky With The Good Hair was a man?”
    _____________________________________________________
    You gonna have to sit in time out for this one! You have exactly 10 minutes. LOL

    I heard a rumor that he was into trannys and sex with women with another man. Like, one in the vagina and one in the a** and they both ejaculate at the same time. *shrugs* It was a “rumor” though so don’t take my word for it.

  • Renee26

    All of this! When looking to meet a good man looks falls below a lot of other good qualities… Not saying Jay is a good man but he has many good qualities and I’m sure he treated Bey very well in the beginning of their relationship.

  • Miss Thang

    I’m very attractive and I find this man hideous. Nothing attractive about him from his face to his saggy, hunched over body.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    he was up in there overnight? LOL!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    hush up, Housewife!

  • pecancandy

    I never thought Jay was ugly and I think he is working with at least 10 inches!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • Guest

    His laid back vibe is what makes him attractive.

  • justlooking

    Hey Whig – Girl one day, dreams come true.

    Working on my mouth muscles and kegals as I font this from laptop here in the office with these common lowbrows. TUHHHHHHHH

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Right?! Some girls (as we all remember Bey was very young when they became a “thing” secretly) love the bad boy types. Remember her lyrics and the chorus on “Soldier”?

    Beyonce’s part:
    We like them boys up top from the BK (BK)
    Know how to flip that money three ways (Three ways)
    Always ridin’ big on the freeway (Freeway)
    (With that east coast slang that us country girls we like)
    Low cut ceasers wit the deep waves (deep waves)
    So quick to snatch up your Beyonce (Beyonce)
    Always comin’ down poppin’ our way (Our way)
    (Tellin’ us that country girls the kinda girl they like)
    Chorus:
    If his status ain’t hood
    I ain’t checkin’ for him
    Betta be street if he lookin’ at me
    I need a soldier
    That ain’t scared to stand up for me
    Known to carry big things
    If you know what I mean
    If his status ain’t hood
    I ain’t checkin’ for him
    Betta be street if he looking at me
    I need a soldier
    That ain’t scared to stand up for me
    Gotta know to get dough
    And he betta be street

  • Connie

    He’s Jay now and not ‘The Stabber?’ lol

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    They seemed like two men who were harboring a deep-seated, passionate and yet forbidden lust for each other.
    _______________________________

    lawd, blasphemy…. BO aint ‘low’ LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    that’s an awfully specific “rumor” ….smh….
    *gags a little* https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3a5f6182adf7601cc7d6bd7651b790edefe1d56085936c9c74c4b8a2232152d5.gif

  • Connie

    I know my ass should go research it myself, but since you already did…..distilled vs purified? which one’s better?

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i’ve always thought he had a beautiful smile *shrug*

    having never seen him in person, i can’t really judge…. not everyone is photogenic, Lol

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    chile… that sounds like a police report in the making, to me…. no thanks!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Let us be the judge of that…where yo pic hater?

  • Miss Thang

    yea, I also remember the lyrics to Ring The Alarm, Greenlight, and Me, Myself, and I.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i too thought he was cute when he first came on the scene. nice smile, good skin, just a aight looking kid (and that’s why i say that dude claiming to be his son is not convincing because he looks nothing like a young Jay, Lol!)

  • Miss Thang

    I think he’s the most arrogant person ever and hostile. Then, again, I haven’t wasted my time watching an interview of his in at least 10 years, so people change.

  • country57

    Don’t forget his “roommate” Larry Johnson.

  • Miss Thang

    Oprah was attacked by the Beef industry in the 90’s and she won. But she’s smart.

  • Miss Thang

    hater? grow up.

  • Quitedeliteful

    The rent is too damn high!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Snicker…

  • SumthinSweeter

    ???

  • SumthinSweeter

    ???

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Yup and jay has swag. He’s confident which can be a turn on for some people.?????

  • Quitedeliteful

    He’s got fat boy titties that are starting to grow too. Pretty soon, he’ll be able to wear his wife’s bras!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Snicker….

  • Quitedeliteful

    Things that make you go hmmmm…….

  • Karen Brady

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Completely obsessed.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Jay Z got rich man problems. I just wanna get paid on Friday…

  • RICHIE_RICH

    I bet the main ones calling him ugly are ugly themselves. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder?????. He ain’t to ugly he has one of the baddest chick on earth and we all know she loves this man. Hell she even had kids from him ?????

  • Smith Jane

    Shieeeeet

  • MissHarlem

    Distilled

  • JustMe

    Lol ?

  • MissHarlem

    Also if you can buy a copper cup to drink it out of even better.

  • Smith Jane

    He is literally “the worse” on the scale of attraction. Ain’t shit attractive about him except his money. And even with millions, I’d still hesitate to touch that nucca..

  • JustMe

    This I believe

  • Smith Jane

    “Hideous” is too damn kind.

  • MissHarlem

    Shiiiiiittttt understatement.

  • MissHarlem

    Every. Fckn. Month.

  • Smith Jane

    I call em honest people with eyesight

  • Smith Jane

    It would make sense.

  • Smith Jane

    Or why she’s always drunk in photos with him. Shieet I’d need a few too.,.

  • sceutie
  • Logan Roberts

    Baby where are the hair clippers ?

  • noted24

    Sure Jan? A hit dog will surely hollar.

  • noted24

    You make a good point, everyone isn’t photogenic.

  • ALLMINE?

    Don’t let Sandra gas u like jigga is ass and won’t clap you..???

  • Smith Jane

    Yeah that rough and rugged look is only good on the guys that aren’t facially and physically challenged. You need good looks and a nice build. Jay has neither. So when he goes without a cut, while rocking jeans and a tee, he looks like your average homeless bum begging on the corner.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I saw him too! He was in Harlem once when he was running for office. He had a bullhorn talking talking ’bout the rent! LMBAOFFFFFFFF!!!!

  • Kayke

    I think Jay is over trying to be cute. His bank account speaks for him….and chicks only see a walking dollar sign anyway….not his hair.

  • NY_bornNraised

    damn… that’s how blu Ive gonna look when she get older. I still rock with him tho.

  • Renee26

    He was a perfect fit for her after she told that user ex “to the left to the left” lol

  • dontgetblocked

    You don’t mess with the government. This nigga going down!!

  • dontgetblocked

    There were probaby public papers filed that reporters got their hands on.

  • Dahl

    He’s looking very butch les bian to me in these pics…

  • Miss Thang

    Like his momma.

  • Ang

    I wonder what his motivation was for dressing like that for the hearing. Maybe his team told him not to wear one of his expensive suits so he looks less sophisticated and less rich. You don’t dress that raggedy for anything semi-important. That probably didn’t leave a good impression. It’s bad enough he ignored the first two subpoenas. SMH

  • dinedaaka

    I agree only real good looking dudes can get away with that.

  • dinedaaka

    Yassss so true! My ex-sister in law, who’s not in the least bit attractive and I got into an argument over that. She kept saying he looks like Joe camel on the cigarettes and I’m like his money is sexy as hell. You ugly and broke asf!

  • Dahl

    Exactly.

  • Rhondalousey
  • Rhondalousey

    And a beard with a mustache would do him justice. The baby face rugged look aint workin no mo lol.

  • Rhondalousey

    Lmao

  • Miss Thang

    I can understand how other qualities can make someone attractive, of course. However we are talking pure physical appeal and I would be willing to argue that objectively he is not attractive. The man doesn’t even have a jawline to speak of. If he was a broke nobody, no one would be ripping off their panties to jump on him UNLESS they were truly in love with him or desperate.

  • zero options

    If you get called before the SEC it’s because they probably already have something on you and are just checking to see if you’ll tell the truth.

  • Applebum

    It started off as a business arrangement. Some people don’t know anything about the industry.

  • Applebum

    This snitch…

  • justlooking

    Everybody child is not beautiful. Hmph

  • B.Loveitt

    When Jay is in genius mode, deep in thought and creating art, his art he doesn’t groom as usual. Corey bring the heat please.

  • justlooking

    My sister does not think my husband is just okay. He treats me well, intelligent, educated, makes me laugh and smile, I love his company. Everyone is not for everyone.

  • angelpat2812

    Hell, she stayed drunk in love! Lol! Drunk or not, ‘hell to tha nah!’ Ain’t enough liquor in the world could make me go there! Last I checked they don’t make liquor for that kind of #Ugly! Damn straight!!!

  • YouWontSayItButIWill

    He is just one seriously unattractive man.

  • Malcom Flex

    False. Blue will be a beautiful adult.

  • Malcom Flex

    LOL!!!

  • SweetTEE

    My aunt said it was as thick as a soda can. This was back when him & biggie used to perform in the area a lot. I believe it myself.

  • J2PC

    Those SEC investigators probably chewed him up & spat him out and he didn’t see it coming. ijs

  • Claudia

    Jay done pissed someone off I don’t know if him and his wife got coin like they say? Queen Elizabeth is said by Forbes to be at 600 million, without any real power, lies she is worth trillions ugh!!!!! And always veto bills she doesn’t careful, 2 castles belong to her not the state. The media is full of dirty tricks. Plus money ain’t everything but they know it changes the way we look at these people. Just my2 cents.

  • Tiff J

    I don’t think he can grow facial hair. LOL You see that struggle patch of hair he has on his chin.

  • Elevated Soul

    Obama can’t help you now….Fraud is no joke and prison time is possible.

  • Trace da Ace

    when folks think they are more important than the gov’ment….lol….

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Let me find out he the reason why anti underperformed with all them bops on the album. Let me tf find out see if i don’t drag his ass by his soup coolers.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    No way is beylala letting her carefully wife bonnie to his clyde better than you single heaux image. No way

  • Coco_Butter

    Yes she was with him for like 7 or 8 years before they even married.

    They didn’t even appear in public together and he barely claimed her

    And she stayed after the cheating claims went public while married. And by him being a successful rapper and before that successful drug dealer
    I’m almost sure it’s safe to say it wasn’t just one female involved with him
    He probably cheated when they were dating Beyonce just probably turned a blind eye

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Lol where’s your picture cutie!

  • Cats Gold

    No one is attacking Black Wealth you are reaching. Being rich has no color.

  • NY_bornNraised

    Ok!

  • Applebootay

    Yup…and I’d defintely rock the mike…LOL…Jayz said ain’t no such thing as a ugly billionaire i’m cute”

  • Storm’s Rage!

    I am still looking for me a sugar daddy. H8ll, I still dont have any premium channels and I am missing some good tv. lol

  • Goodii2Shoes

    Haaaaaaaa! ltfh, na, beyawnce was going to have to get a niggxr involved in criminal activity to marry her racketeering .

    Ltfh, off the top of my head, I can’t think of 1 industry nxgga or professional who would fit xcept Steven Jordan & only bc he sleazy stevie. Plz, throw me another one if u can think of one. Especially over a decade ago.

  • Goodii2Shoes

    Loosie bumming lookalike lol,