Jay-Z is one of the most talented musical artists around, and has inspired countless others to pursue their passion. While he may now be most famous for being the husband of none other than the famous Queen B, he has been with a great many women, as is typical with most rappers. The different women whose names come up when you mention Jay-Z will astound you, but that just makes it all the more necessary that you check it out to the very end! That is why we compiled this list of The 20 Hottest Women Jay-Z Has Been With, because the talented musician has a history of dating talented ladies. This is the dirt that you don’t know about, because there were plenty of other girls before Beyonce.
That being said, Jay-Z’s relationship to Queen B has been one for the record books so you better believe that I gave it some respect. The hip hop mogul and the dynamic diva have made themselves household names for their music, business ventures, and public image. There seems to be no stop to them, even though their relationship has been riddled with rumors for quite some time. There was the whole “Beyonce had a surrogate for Blue Ivy” thing and now there is talk that the couple is splitting up, but something tells me that they'll be just fine.
Either way, we want to take a moment to check out the other women that were on Jay-Z’s romantic radar. They are talented, good-looking, and frisky (or at least they seem to be.) Every celebrity has romantic drama, right?
20 Blu Cantrell
Given the name Blu, many people were wondering if Jay-Z was paying homage to his ex-girlfriend, Blu Cantrell, when he named his first daughter with Beyonce. Well, that is still up for debate, but it is certain that the rapper and Blu were dating many years ago. This was before he got involved with Bey, in case you were wondering. 2001 was a good year for Blu; she shot to fame with her R&B rhythms and her attractive look. She is most known for her hit single “Hit ‘Em Up Style” and she has since fallen off the radar. At least until you take a look at Jay-Z’s romantic history.
R&B singer Aaliyah and rapper Jay-Z were set to be the hottest couple in music, but Aaliyah’s young life was cut short in a fatal plane accident. While Jay-Z and the singer were dating, they were the hottest commodity in the hip hop world and beyond. Even years later, now that Jay-Z is Beyonce’s hubby and the father of her child, people still fondly recall the romance – or at least they remember Aaliyah. Bey paid homage to the late singer by wearing an Aaliyah shirt and posing for a fashionable Instagram pic. That’s pretty sweet of her! And Queen B makes a fine wife to Jay-Z.
18 Rosario Dawson
Jay-Z and Rosario Dawson actually dated for 3 years back in the day. They were definitely a power couple for those 3 years, but things didn’t work out. That’s okay, because Rosario ended up with an amazing acting career and Jay-Z ended up with Beyonce! Dawson has since gone on to date Jason Lewis and Danny Boyle, but she just hasn’t found the right guy – yet. Give her time, the woman’s got a lot on her plate. She is involved in humanitarian work and she has won 10 awards (so far) for her awesome work. Now she is starring as Claire Temple in Very Significant.
17 Karrine Steffans
Hey, wait a minute; wasn’t Karrine Steffans also spotted hanging around with Drake? This woman must really like artists. She was also tied to Jay-Z for a time. In her memoir, Steffans branched out to talk about her romantic past, and the past was full of dirty laundry, although she said that she didn’t regret it. She talked about getting down to “business” with rapper Jay-Z in his limousine, and she was also reportedly intimate with Puff Daddy as well. It’s all in Vindicated: Confessions of a Video Vixen: Ten Years Later (yeah, it’s been a long time.) This music video standout sure has had quite a life!
16 Shenelle Scott
A rumored love triangle between Jay-Z, Shenelle Scott, and Beyonce has not escaped the Internet. There were so many rumors surrounding these three, and one of the juiciest was that Jay-Z and Shenelle had a baby together. Yep, a love child, if you will. The rumors were brought out once again as Bey revealed to the world that she herself was preggo. So, did Jay-Z really knock up the Trinidadian model? According to Shenelle’s other ex, Malik Sayeed, a DNA test proved that Jay-Z was the father of the child and that he gave Shenelle a million dollars to keep her quiet about the whole thing. Um…
15 Rachel Roy
Rachel Roy was supposedly the ex-girlfriend of not only Jay-Z, but of Damon Dash, as well. In fact, Dash was once married to Roy, and he called out Jay-Z and told him to step off! Remember that elevator video footage of Solange Knowles trying to tear up Jay-Z’s face? It was reportedly because Jay-Z was trying to get frisky with Roy, and Solange was having none of that. Neither was Dash, apparently. He said that if Jay-Z was “trying to holler” at Roy, “that’s kinda f----d up.” Wow, strong words. Yet when Dash saw footage of Solange trying to beat up Jay-Z, both Dash and the rapper got a kick out of it.
14 Maia Campbell
So Maia Campbell was said to have dated Jay-Z back in the day. The now 39-year-old shot to fame for portraying Tiffany Warren on the television series, In the House. She also appeared in C-List movies, such as Envy and Sweet Potato Pie. She was mostly known during the 1990s, and hence, her inclusion on this list will barely bat an eye. But if you take a look at her photos, you will see why Jay-Z was attracted to her in the first place. After all, who wouldn’t want to date an actress-model? Maia is now divorced from Elias Gutierrez.
If you were a fan of the all-girl R&B group TLC, then you know about T-Boz. Well, besides being part of that exclusive musical trio, she was also one of the hip hop cuties who dated Jay-Z way back when. This was around the time of the new millennium, and right after she split with Jay-Z, she got together with another rapper, Mack 10. The couple had a daughter together, but then went their separate ways. T-Boz hit hardship when doctors discovered a tumor in her brain, but has since gone through surgery and recovered and she is now doing well. T-Boz is all but forgotten now, but we wonder if Jay-Z keeps her in mind.
12 Carmen Bryan
According to Carmen Bryan, Jay-Z is “huge” and she also got down and dirty with pro basketball player Allen Iverson. After all of that fun, she settled down with Nas. Many proposed that Carmen was the catalyst for the beef between Nas and Jay-Z, to which she is actually quite proud. Yes, this one sure is a winner. Jay-Z picked a good one to date for a hot minute! It looks like Carmen likes to sleep around, and she was reportedly going to bed with Nas while he was dating Kelis. So now there is the three-way love drama between Carmen, Nas, and Kelis. Good riddance! At least Jay-Z is out of that.
How cute, Mya and Jay-Z recorded a song and music video together, “Best of Me.” But it wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies for these two. Mya allegedly received several death threats when it was suspected that she was sleeping around with Mr. Carter. While people kept speculating that Jay-Z was going to break up with his wife, Beyonce, there was talk that the whole fiasco was because Mya was bedding him behind Bey’s back. Mya took to her Instagram account to say that she was not sleeping with Jay-Z, the rumors were definitely false, and that she plays “second to no one.”
10 Rita Ora
Rita Ora is a hot commodity, and it seems that maybe Jay-Z wanted in on it, too. There were gossip reports that Rita and Jay-Z were canoodling behind Queen B’s back. When the two stars were photographed mid-hug while attending the Met Gala, all hell broke loose. People took to the Internet, especially Instagram, to share photos of Rita and Jay-Z, all the while wondering where in the world Beyoncé was. Surely she would be at the Met Gala too. After all, she’s Beyoncé! Yet, it was much easier to find pics of Jay-Z with Rita, leading many to either call her out or spread rumors that she was involved in an affair.
Rihanna and Jay-Z. It seems to be a perfect match, no? We mean, other than the perfect pairing of Beyonce and Jay-Z, of course. Rihanna has been accused of sneaking off with many famous musical men, and Jay-Z is one of them. There are so many reports swarming around this hot gossip topic. One of them is that Rihanna’s own publicist made up the affair rumor just for kicks. Others say that the answer lies in Becoming Beyonce: The Untold Story. Still, there are other sources that say the Rihanna publicist wasn’t even close to the singer and was just working on “Pon de Replay” and nothing more.
8 Charli Baltimore
Female rapper Charli Baltimore has been linked to Jay-Z and had to address loads of rumors about the whole love drama. Apparently, their connections go way back. Jay-Z had reportedly penned a lot of Charli’s songs in the 1990s, but that is a rumor that Charli denies. She then talked about steamier details, such as the fact that they were very good friends. She then talked about reciprocity in a relationship, saying that “if you are mutually f-----g, then you are mutually f-----g.” Wow. Okay then. Charli finished that interview off by saying that Jay was self-centered when they were friends.
7 Lil’ Kim
Lil’ Kim may be off the radar in the music world now, but back in the day, she was one of the hottest female rappers around. She also got herself into a lot of sticky situations. For one, she has had girl fights with both Nicki Minaj and Foxy Brown (another alleged Jay-Z ex.) Lil’ Kim also had a long-standing friendship with Jay-Z. They had been buds since they were teenagers, and just like Charli, Lil’ Kim pointed out Jay-Z’s self-centeredness. Of course, there are suspicions that they may have hooked up in the past. Who knows at this point? Why not let bygones be bygones?
6 Foxy Brown
Apparently Foxy Brown’s name is called out in some of Jay-Z’s music. She was slammed with rumors surrounding her relationship to the rapper, with many people saying that she accused Jay-Z of having gay sex (what?) and that he had sex with her when she was a minor and he was 27 (gross!). It kind of sounds like it could feasibly be true if you consider that Foxy was first seen hanging around Jay-Z’s crowd when she was just 16. She appeared in his music video for “Ain’t No N---a.” Well, later on, Jay-Z released “Picasso Baby,” in which he raps “I never stuck my c—k in the fox’s box.”
5 Amil Whitehead
Who is Amil Whitehead? She was one of the female rappers in Roc-A-Fella, and thus, one of Jay-Z’s protégés. She may be older now, but she is trying to rekindle her music career. Anyway, Amil’s name comes up when delving into the romantic past of Jay-Z. Even so, Amil said that the rapper was more like “a brother” to her and that they never had an intimate relationship. Rumors abound as to why Amil stepped away from Roc-A-Fella so quickly, but Amil said that she just didn’t have her head in the game. Okay, so then, where was her head?
4 Chrissy Lampkin
You may know Chrissy Lampkin from the reality television series Love and Hip Hop. Rumor has it that she was in love with Jay-Z back when the rapper was just 23 years old. This has led people to suspect that his lyrics in “Allure” are a reference to Chrissy. In the song, he says “And all the Laura’s of the world I feel your pain / to all the Chrissy’s in every city and Tiffany lanes.” Huh, could that be it? According to those close to Chrissy, she is somewhat of a wild child, and the idea that she had sexual relations with Jay-Z back when she was a teenager is totally feasible to them.
3 Marie “Free” Wright
Oh, there are so many rumors about Jay-Z and his past loves! One of them involves Marie “Free” Wright, who is well-known for her stint as a host on BET’s 106 and Park. The gossip on the street is that she and Jay-Z had a secret love child together and that it was back when the new millennium was starting. People will reference the 106 and Park segment where Beyonce appears on the show. There seems to be some dagger eyes between Bey and Free. Could that be why? During that same interview, viewers were calling in to say that they had seen Jay-Z in the hospital with Free. What?!
2 Cathy Michelle White
This one is downright scary. Cathy Michelle White was Jay-Z’s alleged mistress and she was found dead in 2011 as the result of a murder. The two were photographed together at a night club in Las Vegas, leading to the rumors that they were sleeping together. After those pics were leaked, the story continues and says that gossip and tabloid magazines started calling Cathy and asking for more information about her relations with the rapper. Of course, there was talk about money and then Beyonce spilled the news that she was pregnant with Jay-Z’s daughter. Just 2 days after that, Cathy was murdered.
Of course we had to put Bey as Number One. It is believed that she began her romantic relationship with Jay-Z way back in 2002. They tied the knot in 2008 and at the 2011 MTC Video Music Awards, Beyonce announced that she was pregnant with their first child together. Besides singing solo and previously with Destiny’s Child, Beyonce is a song-writer, “Sasha Fierce,” and a huge sex and music symbol. Basically, she is set to rule the world (and she has a song about that.) Anyway, she and Jay-Z have been fighting off break-up rumors for the past couple of years, and now there is speculation about her second pregnancy.