During a panel at ComplexCon over the weekend, legendary director Hype Williams reconnected with Nas and T-Boz for the 20-year anniversary of Belly. Hype revealed some surprising facts, saying that Jay-Z was seriously considered to play DMX‘s role as Tommy.

“Everybody pressed for it to be Hov,” Hype said during the interview. “But at the time, Hove didn’t pop yet. He wasn’t Jay-Z.” He continued, “We were working with Def Jam and it was logical for it to be him.”

“Back in time remember Hov didn’t pop yet. He wasn’t JAY Z, he was Jay Z, and if you know him, Hov is a real hustler,” Williams said. “He comes from a real place. We were working with Def Jam and it was logical for it to be him.”

See the shocking news for yourself below.

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