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"Guilty Until Proven Innocent"
Single by Jay-Z featuring R. Kelly
from the album The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
Released March 13, 2001
Format 12-inch single, CD, Vinyl
Genre East Coast hip hop
Length 4:55
Label Roc-A-Fella Records
Writer(s) Shawn Carter
Robert Kelly
Dana Stinson
Producer Rockwilder, (all R. Kelly vocals produced, written and arranged by R. Kelly)
Jay-Z singles chronology
"Change the Game"
"Guilty Until Proven Innocent"
"20 Bag Shorty"
R. Kelly chronology
"If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time"
"Guilty Until Proven Innocent"
"Only the Loot Can Make Me Happy"

"Guilty Until Proven Innocent" is the third and final single from rapper Jay-Z's 2000 album The Dynasty: Roc La Familia. It features production by Rockwilder and a chorus sung by R. Kelly. The song's title flips the legal declaration "innocent until proven guilty" and its lyrics follow suit. Jay-Z's lyrics deal with how the press villainized Jay-Z by accusing him of stabbing his once business partner Lance "Un" Rivera. Ironically, Jay-Z would later admit to stabbing Rivera. R. Kelly's appearance is significant as he has been indicted on many criminal charges such as statutory rape. "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" is also one of the first collaborations between Jay-Z and R. Kelly before they released two albums together.

On June 12, 2001--three months after the release of the "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" single--a DVD named The Making of Guilty Until Proven Innocent was released. The DVD helps explain the making of the Paul Hunter-directed music video that shows R. Kelly and Jay-Z rapping in court.


Single track list



  1. "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" (Album Version)
  3. "Change the Game"
  4. "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" (Enhanced Video)


  1. "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" (LP Version)
  3. "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" (Instrumental)
  1. "1-900-HUSTLER" (Radio Edit)
  2. "1-900-HUSTLER" (LP Version)
  3. "1-900-HUSTLER" (Instrumental)


Chart (2001) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 82
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 29
U.S. Billboard Rap Singles 12

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