Jay-Z finally settles ‘$500K or dinner’ debate

JAY-Z has finally settled the long-running “$500,000 or dinner with JAY-Z?” debate, and even he’s taking the cash.

The Roc Nation mogul sat down with CBS News’ Gayle King for an interview inside his “Book of HOV” library exhibit in Brooklyn, where he pointed out that he’s been giving out game in his music all these years, so he’d have nothing new to add during a supposed brainstorming session over dinner.

“You gotta take the money,” he replied with little hesitation. “What I’ma say? You got all that [wisdom] in the music for $10.99! That’s a bad deal. I wouldn’t tell you to cut a bad deal. Take the $500,000, go buy some albums and listen to the albums — it’s all there!

“If you piece it together and really listen to the music for the words, for what it is, it’s all there. Everything that I said was gonna happen, happened. Everything that I said I wanted to do, I’ve done. There’s the blueprint. The blueprint, literally, to me and my life and my journey is there already.”

he full two-part interview will air on CBS on Thursday (Oct 26) and Friday (October 27). For now, watch a teaser below:

JAY-Z was actually poked about the “$500,000 or dinner?” debate by a fan at the Los Angeles Chargers vs. Dallas Cowboys game at SoFi Stadium just last week.

“I’m taking that $500,000. I ain’t taking that dinner, I’m taking that $500,000,” the fan, who calls himself K Rich, told the Brooklyn billionaire after bumping into him inside the arena. “Aye, it’s love, though. You feel me?”

Hov responded by quietly patting his chest out of respect and giving the fan a fist bump. “Be good, man,” he said.

K Rich faced backlash for his brazen comments, though, with some people criticizing him for doing too much during the encounter.

“The approach could have been iconic, but the topic threw off the vibes,” one person commented on his Instagram video. “Just dap the man up and keep ya conversation you were excitedly having between you and whoever. Like Bro, how was game and where you rooting for Chargers or Cowboys? Simple.”

Another wrote: “Jay z look like he won’t you too get tf out his face.”

The “$500K or dinner with JAY-Z?” debate originally took over social media in 2021, with fans contemplating what would be more valuable. Even the rap legend’s former streaming platform TIDAL weighed in by telling fans on Twitter to take the money.


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