A Manhattan judge yesterday delivered a "hard knock" against Jay-Z, (search) tossing out the rapper's multimillion-dollar countersuit against singer R. Kelly (search).

"It's still a 12-round fight, but this round definitely goes to R. Kelly," lawyer Peter Parcher said after state Supreme Court Justice Charles Ramos tossed Brooklynite Jay-Z's suit.

The legal rumble started last year, when Kelly filed a $75 million suit against Jay-Z for booting him off their "Best of Both Worlds Tour" following a disastrous show at Madison Square Garden (search).

Jay-Z fired back soon after with a countersuit, charging Kelly with fraud and interfering with a contract.