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Jay Z’s H.S. Basketball Star Nephew Nahziah Carter Talks About the Time Jay Shot His Dad [VIDEO]
Jay Z’s nephew, Nahziah Carter, made headlines this week because of the amazing poster dunk he did recently on the number one high school recruit, Marvin Begly III, during a Nike Elite Youth Basketball circuit game. What made the dunk even more magical was the fact that it happened with his superstar uncle in attendance and it was the first time Jay had ever seen him play basketball! Bleacher Report interviewed the A student recently about his life and also about that time his uncle Jay shot his dad over some beef which he rhymed about on the track “You Must Love Me,” off of 1997’s In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. Check out what Nahziah had to say….
He explains that he goes to a prep school in Rochester and Jay lives on the west coast, so he just doesn’t have the time or chance to see him play. However, this time around Carter had a game in LA and he told his uncle to come through and he did.
Bleacher Report also asks about Jay’s “You Must Love Me”, where he unpacks a lot including the time he shot his brother at 12 years.
Got intense real intense as we got older/ Never believed it would lead to me poppin’ one in your shoulder/ Where my rings? Knew you had it cause you took too long/ As Mickey, Annie and the girl that bought it looked on/ Huffin’ and puffin’ gun in my hand told you step outside/ Hoping you said no but you hurt my pride/ Made our way down the steps, maybe you thought it was just a threat/ Or maybe ya life was just that crazy and you was beggin’ for death/ Try to justify this in my young mind/ But the adrenaline and my ego hurt combined/ Drove me berzerk, saw the devil in your eyes, high off more than weed/ Confused I just closed my young eyes and squeezed”
Here’s what Carter has to say about that:
“My father tells me some great stories from when they were growing up, and so does my grandma, but they don’t really talk about that one too much. My dad did something and they fought, but we don’t talk about it. My brothers and my sisters all know. Honestly, we usually laugh about it. I don’t know why, but we find it kind of funny. I mean, Jay Z shot our dad. That’s pretty crazy”.
B/R: What was that like for you? How about for your teammates?
NC: I was going to play my game regardless of whether he came. It’s not like I was nervous that he showed up or anything. I wanted him there. And my teammates—they ask about him less now maybe. They used to ask if he was my real uncle and how he was my uncle and all that stuff. When he shows up to the game, that kind of answers those questions.
B/R: Do you feel like now that people know you as Jay Z’s nephew that it’ll be harder to step out of that shadow?
NC: I guess you could say making a name for myself—distancing myself from his success and having success of my own—that will be the hardest part going forward. But I think I’ll be fine. I have confidence in my game. I’ll dial it up just like Uncle Jay did.
Good that they can laugh about it now because that incident could’ve gone a lot differently had he seriously hurt his dad. I’m sure it helps that Jay is who he is now though! S/O to Nahziah for doing his this both academically and on the court!
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