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Solange Knowles & Jay Z: Did They Fight Over Her Leaving Roc Nation?

Tue, May 13, 2014 12:23pm EDT by 13 Comments

Could Jay Z and Solange’s fight have possibly been more business-related? The “Losing You” singer had been managed by Jay’s management team at Roc Nation, until she recently decided to branch out on her own. So did Jay feel betrayed?

Jay Z and Solange Knowles aren’t just extremely intertwined by their personal relationships with Beyonce — they also have (or had) a business relationship. And with Solange branching out on her own and ditching Jay’s label, Roc Nation, there’s a good chance the schism is directly related to their violent altercation in a Standard Hotel elevator at a Met Gala after-party on May 5.

Solange Knowles Ditches Jay Z’s Record Label

Solange’s DJing career was being managed by Roc Nation’s Rich Kleiman since at least 2011, when the singer followed Beyonce’s lead and let her father, Mathew Knowles, go as her manager.

But looking on Roc Nation’s website today, a day after video of Solange assaulting Jay Z in an elevator was released, her name is no longer listed. Since it was never publicized when Solange left the company, some, including MediaTakeout, are speculating that Jay Z only recently dropped her, ending their business relationship in the week after she attacked him in that elevator.

However, it seems evident that Solange left Roc Nation to start her own record label, Saint Records, in May 2013. When the label was launched, Solange tweeted about taking control of all her future projects:

Further proof that Solange’s association with Roc ended long ago: the last news the label posted about her was on June 5, 2013.

Solange Attacks Jay Z In Elevator

But even though it seems that Solange moved her business away from Jay long ago, the two may have been harboring animosity over the split for months, and it may have finally boiled over on May 5. Perhaps Jay voiced that he felt betrayed by her, or maybe she confronted him about not being given enough attention while at Roc Nation. That would also explain why Beyonce mostly tried to stay out of the altercation.

An elevator surveillance camera caught the younger Knowles sister slapping and kicking Jay Z as they were leaving the Met Gala after-party. A bodyguard restrained Solange as she was going ballistic, and after the fight, Solange and Beyonce got into a separate town car, while Jay Z rode away from the party alone.

With neither Jay, Solange, or Beyonce commenting on the conflict, the real reason behind it is still up in the air. But a business deal gone bad is as good of a theory as any. What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Why did Solange flip out on Jay Z?

— Andrew Gruttadaro

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