Chart-topping rapper Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter) pleaded guilty in a New York court this morning (Oct. 17) to stabbing producer Lance "Un" Rivera in a December 1999 incident. Carter will most like

Chart-topping rapper Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter) pleaded guilty in a New York court this morning (Oct. 17) to stabbing producer Lance "Un" Rivera in a December 1999 incident. Carter will most likely receive three years probation at a Dec. 6 sentencing hearing, according to a Manhattan district attorney spokesperson. He faced a possible 15 years in jail on the second degree felony assault charge.

The stabbing incident took place in December 1999 during a listening party for Q-Tip's "Amplified" album at Manhattan's Kit Kat Club. Carter pleaded not guilty to the charges at his initial indictment in February 2000.

Yesterday, an unrelated gun possession charge against Carter was dropped. The artist was arrested in April with three other men outside a Manhttan nightclub after a loaded handgun was found in their car. At yesterday's hearing, one of the men, Hamza Hewitt, admitted possessing the gun and will face sentencing on Dec. 4.

Carter's latest Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam album, "The Blueprint," is No. 2 on The Billboard 200 this week. New single "Girls, Girls, Girls" is No. 9 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, while "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)," the first single from the set, is No. 9 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.

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