Category: Beefs

Jay Electronica involved in breakup of U.K. banking-dynasty marriage

Musician Jay Electronica attends the 6th Annual Roots Jam Session at Key Club on January 30, 2010 in West Hollywood, California.

It's been an intense time for hip-hop love triangles, and you may need a flowchart to unpack this latest one. It's a labyrinthine tale in which one half of a U.K. banking power-couple was caught in an yearlong affair with the American rapper Jay Electronica.

The story is pretty much a modern rap-world version of a "Downton Abbey" subplot: Kate Rothschild and Ben Goldsmith, each scions of insanely wealthy British families, married in 2003. Rothschild, heir to a major banking fortune, had her own career as a music producer when she met Electronica, a rapper on Jay-Z's Roc Nation label who had previously fathered a child with Erykah Badu. The two reportedly carried on an affair for a year before Goldsmith, a financier and clean-tech investor, got wind of the affair.

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