The Internet’s best theories about the Solange–Jay Z fight

Will the world ever know the truth? Yeah, like we’re ready for that.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Published May 12, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 8:06 am CDT

Step aside, hot celebrity beef coming through: TMZ has released video of what appears to be a physical altercation between R&B singer Solange Knowles and Jay Z in an elevator as they departed a Met Gala after-party held at New York’s Standard Hotel. Also, Beyoncé was there!

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What could have prompted Solange to viciously kick her brother-in-law with high heels that probably qualify as deadly instruments? Well, that’s a matter of some speculation.

@SLeasca I know some people that are extremely extremely close to JayZ’s entourage, and evidently, JayZ innocently offered Solange a TicTac.

— Kevin Gant (@gantman) May 12, 2014

#WhatJayZSaidToSolange “You look like Gus from Breaking Bad”

— colin (@c0linmarsh) May 12, 2014

#WhatJayZSaidToSolange Solange: You think I’ll ever be as talented as my sister? Jay:

— Kevin Hart (@KevinHeart2Real) May 12, 2014

#WhatJayZSaidToSolange “if you need help paying your rent we are here for you” solange was like

— Akiel (@Akiel_) May 12, 2014

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Y’all gotta leave Solange alone lmfao #WhatJayZSaidToSolange

— (@ItsKingTitus) May 12, 2014

My lips are bigger than your career #WhatJayZSaidToSolange

— black nigga (@TrapHouseMario) May 12, 2014

#WhatJayZSaidToSolange “no we are not taking you home”

— Ãèröbīč (@__InhalePoison) May 12, 2014

#WhatJayZSaidToSolange grumpy cat died

— Löwenäffchen (@Lowenaffchen) May 12, 2014

#WhatJayZSaidToSolange “why you gotta use our curtains as clothes”

— Lloyd (@thatyoungblood) May 12, 2014

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#WhatJayZSaidToSolange lasagna is a sandwich

— Patrick (@pattymo) May 12, 2014

#WhatJayZSaidToSolange “I loved you on the Goldmember soundtrack.”

— The Geek Twins (@Thegeektwins) May 12, 2014

Jay-Z probably just farted in that elevator.

— Jay Onrait (@JayOnrait) May 12, 2014

A critical question: could Beyoncé’s eyewitness testimony clear anything up?

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Of course, there’s always a chance this is another one of Jimmy Kimmel’s irritating hoaxes.


— darth™ (@darth) May 12, 2014

Or maybe Solange just felt like a Real Hero that night.

Solange in that elevator like

— I’m Gary (@noyokono) May 12, 2014

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We’re also not prepared to rule out anime cosplay run amok.


Then there are the darker theories—you know, the Illuminati stuff.

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Solange probably knows Jay-Z is an illuminati demon & not an actual decent human being

— Gette (@DeMiSoule) May 12, 2014

Solange found out she was the illuminati sacrifice and resisted. That’s the only explanation I can come up with…

— Marcus Harris (@entitledtodance) May 12, 2014

Jay probably ain’t allow Solange to use him as a reference on her illuminati application

— Tah MF’n Breeziiy (@Tah_Skywalker) May 12, 2014

BREAKING: Solange attacks Jay Z, and the ILLUMINATI is behind all of it

— Krystie Lee Yandoli (@KrystieLYandoli) May 12, 2014

But some suspected that a different sort of cover-up lay at the heart of the fight.

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Maybe Solange just realised that her sisters daughter is named after Jays ex and first love Blu Cantrell

— Carmell R (@carmell_r) May 12, 2014

Some internet conspiracy theorists think Solange is actually Beyoncé’s daughter.

— Jessica Misener (@jessmisener) May 12, 2014

My sources at #BlackTwitter are reporting that Solange went off cause she wants full custody of her biological daughter, Blue Ivy.

— Adele Dazeem (@Bwoods12) May 12, 2014

Will the world ever know the truth? Yeah, like we’re ready for that.

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*First Published: May 12, 2014, 3:24 pm CDT