Grammy-winning rapper Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter) was arrested for illegal gun possession near a New York nightclub early today (April 13). Carter, 31, was arrested with three other men -- identif

Grammy-winning rapper Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter) was arrested for illegal gun possession near a New York nightclub early today (April 13). Carter, 31, was arrested with three other men -- identified as Hamzah Hewitt, 39, Romero Chambers, 43, and Tyran Smith, 28 -- shortly after 3 a.m. when a loaded handgun was found in their car, a police spokesperson said.

Undercover officers say they saw a man armed with a gun getting into the 2001 Chevy Suburban outside Club Exit in the city's west side Hells Kitchen neighborhood. The spokesperson did not know which man was carrying the gun.

Police stopped the car less than a block away and found the gun, and the four passengers were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. All are scheduled to be arraigned today.

The arrest is not Carter's first run-in with law. He pled not guilty last February for allegedly stabbing record executive Lance "Un" Rivera during a nightclub brawl.

The rapper's ''Vol. 2 ... Hard Knock Life'' won the Grammy for best rap album in 1999.

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