An altercation between Jay Z and Big Pun during which the Terror Squad MC allegedly hit Hov with a bottle is now the stuff of hip-hop folklore. Talk about the storied brawl resurfaced with a recent interview with N.O.R.E. on Taxstone’s Tax Season podcast. When asked whether or not Pun actually hit Jay Z with the bottle, N.O.R.E. responded with “absolutely.”
“Don’t get it twisted,” he said. “Roc-A-Fella was hitting n***as in the head with bottles too. Them n***as was wilding! I was on that tour…and it was in Connecticut watching Flex [Fat Joe’s former manager] and Ty Ty [Tyran Smith] was arguing.”
But Big Pun’s widow, Liza Rios, begs to differ. In an interview with DoggieDiamonds, Rios denied that Pun ever hit Jay Z with a bottle. Detailing that an altercation did go down between Roc-A-Fella and Terror Squad at a club, Rios clarified that Big Pun and Jay Z later made amends, “squashed any problems and it was all good.” As for the bottle, Rios is asking that the rumor be laid to rest.
“So this story about Pun hitting him with a bottle, I don’t know where it came from, I don’t know why they keep bringing it up or keeping it alive, because the truth was [that] it wasn’t the truth,” Rios said. “If it was true, I’d gladly say, ‘Yeah, he hit him with a bottle’ but that’s not the case. At the end of the day, Pun, as well as myself, we was Jay Z fans… He’s always been a Jay Z fan and that’s it. I would appreciate if whoever keeps telling this story would just lay it down to rest because it’s not true. It never happened, it never happened, it never happened, it never happened.”
Listen to Big Pun’s widow talk the infamous Jay Z incident below: