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Jay Z is suing the legendary hip-hop photographer who shot his debut album cover, Reasonable Doubt.

The rap mogul is suing Jonathan Mannion and his company, Jonathan Mannion Photography LLC, claiming Mannion is exploiting his name and image without the rapper's consent.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, Jay says Mannion has Hova's name and likeness plastered all over his website and sells enlarged photos of Jay-Z for thousands of dollars each.

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In court documents obtained by TMZ, Jay Z claims Mannion demanded tens of millions of dollars when he asked him to stop selling the photos.

Jay claims Mannion is making an "arrogant assumption that because he took those photographs, he can do with them as he pleases."

Actually, he can do whatever he pleases.

As the photographer, Mannion owns the exclusive copyrights to the photos -- so he doesn't need Jay Z's permission to sell the pictures.

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Jay hired Mannion in 1996 to shoot the cover for his debut studio album, Reasonable Doubt. He said Mannion took hundreds of photos and Roc-A-Fella Records used some of the photographs for his album covers and paid Mannion a modest sum for the use of the photos.

Jay-Z claims Mannion continues to prominently display his image on the landing page of his website, where he sells Jay-Z pics and merchandise for millions of dollars.

Jay is annoyed that Mannion continues to eat off his name and image by selling his most famous photographs. The rapper claims he has strict control over his name, likeness, identity and how his persona are used.

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Jay grumbled it's "ironic" that a photographer would take advantage of a once poor "Black teenager, as a piece of property to be squeezed for every dollar it can produce. It stops today."

He is suing to stop Mannion from selling anymore of the photos, and wants him to fork over any of the profits he's made off his likeness.

However, unless Jay Z can prove he purchased the exclusive rights to the original photos, he can't tell a photographer what to do with his photos.

Mannion will likely win the lawsuit, because the rapper is too cheap to pay the photographer for the exclusive rights to the photos.

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Rapper Jay Z was spotted leaving Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica after dining with friends on Wednesday. The 51-year-old father-of-5 kept his style simple casual.

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Russian supermodel model Irina Shayk hid her face as she dashed into her apartment building in New York City. The paparazzi camped outside her apartment after photos were taken of her vacationing with still-married rap mogul Kanye West in France. Irina, 35, and Kanye, 43, have been dating for months. His divorce from Kim Kardashian has not been finalized.

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Jennifer Lopez (center) looks on while her 13-year-old fraternal twins Emme and Max check their social media pages on their smartphones. The actress/singer took her children out for a bite to eat in Miami on Wednesday. JLo is reportedly looking for a home on the West Coast to be near her new love object, Ben Affleck.

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Deb Antney, star of Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta, was spotted at The Show Boat Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Wednesday, June 9.

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Justin Dior Combs and his girlfriend made an appearance at Zack Bia's bday bash inside Delilah in West Hollywood. Justin is the firstborn child of rap mogul Sean Combs.

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Billionaire New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft celebrated his 80th birthday with close friends at his Hamptons mansion over the weekend.

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Jay Z and Meek Mill, who reportedly received loans from their pal in the past, repaid their friend's loyalty by gifting him with a brand new Bentley.

Business mogul Michael Rubin, who owns a $50 million bungalow nearby, pitched in to pay for the luxury vehicle.

Hollywood mogul Ari Emanuel and his fiancee presented the octogenarian with a pedigree puppy.

After petting the puppy, Kraft was led out to his driveway where the blue Bentley was parked.

Kraft raised his hands over his head in surprise. Then he kissed Rubin on the cheek and embraced him. "How did you get it?" he asked Rubin.

"We have resources," Rubin responded.

Meek Mill posted a video of the special moment on his social media. He captioned the video, "Drop top bent for Kraft awwwwww lol hbd robert." Meek included 6 trophy emojis to represent the number of Super Bowls Kraft has won.

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After the intimate party, Kraft spent a quiet evening with his 47-year-old girlfriend Dana Blumberg, an Ophthalmologist from New York.
 

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Mariah Carey departed Jay Z's Roc Nation management because she was looking to downsize to a smaller boutique management firm, TMZ reports.

According to earlier reports, Mariah left Roc Nation after an "explosive" argument with Jay Z during a meeting about her future with the company.

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However, Mariah took to Instagram on Monday to deny reports that she had an explosive argument with her former boss.

Sources close to the situation tell TMZ that Mariah prefers to work with a smaller team that can devote more time to her. Unfortunately, Jay's powerhouse agency has too many cooks in the kitchen.

At Roc Nation, artists like Mariah could have 20 or more people working on marketing, social media, music, merchandise, etc. -- which created an impersonal environment and she simply wanted a more intimate team.

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TMZ's sources say Mariah and Jay Z actually decided a couple months ago to part ways amicably after working together since 2017.

Mariah reportedly signed with Range Media Partners, which also signed her manager Melissa Ruderman. Ruderman left Roc in early 2021 to become a partner in the music division at Range, and she will be working closely with Mariah.

The report prompted speculation that Ruderman lured Mariah away from Roc Nation to join her at Range.

Some of Range's other clients include big name actors Bradley Cooper, Jonny Depp, Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy and Keira Knightley.

Mariah will be Range's first bold name music artist.

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Mariah Carey says rumors of an "explosive argument" with Jay Z is not why she allegedly left Roc Nation.

Mariah signed a management deal with Roc Nation after dumping her longtime manager last year. But she is reportedly not pleased with the direction that Jay Z has taken her career.

The mom-of-two took to Instagram on Monday morning to deny reports that she had an "explosive" argument with the father of 5.

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"The only "explosive" situation I'd ever "get into" with Hov is a creative tangent, such as our #1 song "Heartbreaker"!! To the people who make up these lies I say "Poof! —Vamoose, sonofa*****"!"

According to The Sun, Mariah abruptly departed Roc Nation after a "heated discussion" with the rap mogul about her future with the company.

An insider said that Carey and Jay-Z's meeting was "explosive" and she stormed out of the meeting. Carey signed with Roc Nation in 2017.

The insider said Mariah "wants nothing more to do with him and has called it quits with Roc Nation."

"She will formally depart in the next few weeks. It is a shame because they had done some great work in the last few years. But this meeting couldn’t have gone much worse."

They say there's a kernel of truth in every rumor.

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Beyonce's mom claims her son-in-law Jay Z doesn't rub the pop singer's leg to relieve her social anxiety.

Tina Lawson denied reports that Jay Z, 51, rubs Beyonce's leg at NBA games because the 39-year-old singer has social anxiety.

As photos of the so-called "Jayonce leg rub" surfaced online over the years, fans have alleged that the leg rub is to help relieve Beyonce's anxiety.

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Eagle-eyed fans noticed the semi-retired rapper rubbed his wife's leg again and again when they sat courtside during Game 1 of the Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks playoff series at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, June 5.

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But others point out that women with social anxiety don't usually twerk onstage or dress half naked on social media.

Beyonce's mom, Tina, dismissed the "anxiety" reports in an Instagram post on Sunday.

"When you love someone and like them you just want to touch them!" she wrote.

"Me and Richard [Lawson] are always touching even if it's just our feet! Yeah!! That's what you do! For those of you who don't understand, Try it sometimes it works!! Human Touch is how you stay connected!!"

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Tina said when two people are devoted to each other, they can't keep their hands off each other:

"So comical people saying she has anxiety in public and that's why he touches her ! Lord people !!!! Yal [sic] can turn something good and healthy into something That it's not !!! Stop that!!!!! BTW if someone has anxiety then it is great for their partner to touch them to calm and reassure them. That's a beautiful thing. It just happens to be not the case here."

Others point out that Jay Z may be the one with anxiety. They theorize that he obsessively touches his wife's leg to relieve his anxieties.

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Tactile touching is a symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Tactile touching is a compulsion to touch certain things -- such as freshly shaven skin.

"Compulsions in this and other categories are most often performed for the purpose of relieving the anxiety caused by obsessive thoughts. Unfortunately, compulsions only provide a kind of illusory short term relief from anxiety. The long term result is only more anxiety." Source

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Jay Z's mother begged the rapper not to release his deeply personal track "Smile" off his thirteenth studio album 4:44 (2017), in which he talked about his mom's sexuality.

Gloria Carter was anxious about the song that detailed her coming out phase. Carter reportedly begged her son not to release the song -- even though her sexuality was no secret by then.

Carter eventually changed her mind and presented her son with a poem she wrote that he included on the record.

"It changed the dynamic of our relationship," he said during an appearance on The Shop: Uninterrupted.

"When she first heard that song she got super defensive... I was in L.A. and she flew out to L.A. and then she left and was like, 'No'. We talked through it. And then when she flew back to L.A. she had written a poem. She wrote that on the plane. It came with the American Airlines note pad... I was like, 'You got bars, ma!'"

During the barbershop-style chat with LeBron James and Bad Bunny, Jay Z revealed he still can't listen to his album 4:44 in its entirety because of its personal nature.

"It's a lot, but it had to be done," the rapper said of his last album.

"It was... an evolution of all the things that I'd been through... It was important to write... To be vulnerable in that space after you've done all this work... I had so many super gangsta rappers tell me, 'Thank you for that!' They would tell me on the side, 'You saved my relationship'."

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Gloria Carter and her date, Roxanne Wiltshire, posed for a photo at the Shawn Carter Foundation Gala on November 16, 2019.

Jay Z, real name Shawn Corey Carter, and his siblings were raised by their single mom in the Marcy housing project in Brooklyn's Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood.

His absentee father, Adnis Reeves, reunited with his children just before he died in 2003. That same year, Jay Z and his mother founded The Shawn Carter Foundation, which assists eligible students pay college tuition.

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Jay-Z and The Go-Go's are among the list of music legends to be inducted into the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (RRHF) announced the New York-born hip-hop icon will be among the list of nominees to be inducted at the 2021 ceremony on October 30 in Cleveland, Ohio, reported Billboard.

He will join rock veterans The Go-Go's, Foo Fighters, singer-songwriter Carole King, Todd Rundgren and Queen of Rock n' Roll Tina Turner.

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Turner, King and Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl are already in the Rock Hall of Fame -- King is the first person in the Rock Hall as a performer and non-performer.

Turner was previously recognized as part of R&B duo Ike & Tina Turner; and Grohl with grunge icons Nirvana.

The RRHF was criticized for not inducting The Go-Go's into the Hall sooner. The group made history in 1982 when they topped the Billboard album chart as the first all-female band that wrote their own material and played their own instruments.

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Go-Go's members (L-R) Charlotte Caffey, Abby Travis, Gina Schock, Jane Wiedlin, and Belinda Carlisle are pictured at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will also induct rap legend LL Cool J, singer/songwriter Billy Preston, and Randy Rhoads. Electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, spoken-word poet Gil Scott-Heron and bluesman Charley Patton are joining the RRHOF under the early influence award category.

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Music executive and film producer Clarence Avant, 90, aka "The Black Godfather", is the recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun award. He is pictured with Jay Z (left) and Sean Combs.

The ceremony will take place October 30 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, with a radio simulcast on SiriusXM's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame radio channel. It will broadcast on HBO and stream on HBO Max at a later date.

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Jay Z regrets recording one of his biggest hits, "Big Pimpin'" featuring UGK. The 51-year-old father-of-4 tells the Wall Street Journal he regrets his misogynistic lyrics on the track in 1999 -- before he was civilized and domesticated by Beyonce.

The track was produced by Timbaland and appeared on Jay Z's fourth studio album, Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter.

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The song was a huge hit for the Marcy Projects rapper, peaking at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topping the Rhythmic Top 40 chart. It also made Rolling Stone's 2010 list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" (No. 467).

The official music video garnered over 47 million views on YouTube.

However, Jay Z regrets spitting the "really harsh" lyrics on the track.

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"That's the exception. It was like... I can't believe I said that. And kept saying it? What type of animal would say this sort of thing? Reading it is really harsh," he said.

The following is Jay Z's verse on "Big Pimpin'", where he discusses his total lack of respect and disregard for Black women.

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    You know I thug 'em, f**k 'em, love 'em, leave 'em
    ‘Cause I don't f**kin' need 'em
    Take 'em out the hood, keep 'em lookin' good
    But I don't fuckin' feed 'em

    First time they fuss I'm [leaving]
    Talkin' about, "What's the reason?"
    I'm a pimp in every sense of the word, bitch
    Better trust and believe 'em

    In the cut where I keep 'em
    'Til I need a nut, 'til I need to beat the guts
    Then it's "beep beep" and I'm pickin' them up
    Let 'em play with the d*ck in the truck

    Many chicks wanna put Jigga's fist in cuffs
    Divorce him and split his bucks
    Just because you got good head
    I'ma break bread, so you can be living it up?

    Sh*t, I parts with nothin'
    Y'all be frontin'
    Me give my heart to a woman?
    Not for nothin', never happen
    I'll be forever mackin'
    Heart cold as assassins,
    I got no passion,
    I got no patience,
    And I hate waitin'

    Ho, get your ass in and let's ride!
    Check em out now, ride!
    Ride!
    Check em out now, ride!

 

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Days after rap legend DMX died, rumors spread that Jay Z and Beyonce purchased his masters for his 15 children.

However, DMX's family says the rumors are not true.

DMX, real name Earl Simmons, died a week after he allegedly overdosed on drugs. He was 50.

Rumors swirled that Jay Z and his wife, Beyonce snapped up the late rapper's master recordings for $10 million as part of a lucrative deal.

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Streams and downloads of DMX's songs soared after his death. A total of 75.7 million audio and video streams were counted on April 9 and 10, WENN.com reported.

Rumor had it that Jay and Bey planned to split the proceeds from the streaming sales with DMX's 15 children.

But the late rapper's family members shot down the rumors.

"No one has bought Earl's masters," the family said in a statement to Billboard.

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The family also urged fans to be aware of anyone selling merchandise to raise funds for DMX's funeral.

"Additionally, we are not selling any merch (merchandise) or raising money for Earl's funeral. If anyone is requesting for money for his funeral please be aware the person is a scammer. We will keep the public posted on funeral/memorial service arrangements."

In a separate statement to Complex, DMX's family said: "There have been a few rumors following our loved one, Earl Simmons', passing that we'd like to clear up. No one has bought Earl’s masters."