Analysis & Critical Essay 4.docx - Orlando Brown History of Rap Analysis Critical Essay Part 1 Analysis 99 Problems Jay-Z(pg 436-438 Producer Rick

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Orlando Brown History of Rap 3/16/18 Analysis & Critical Essay Part 1: Analysis 99 Problems - Jay-Z ( pg. 436-438) Producer: Rick Rubin Songwriters: Jay-Z, Norman Landsberg, Felix Pappalardi, Billy Squier, John Ventura, Leslie Weinstein, Tracy Marrow, and Bernard “Bun B” Freeman Source: Wikipedia, Songfacts, and Genius Release Date: November 4, 2003 Link: Intro If you're having girl problems I feel bad for you son I got ninety nine problems but a bitch ain't one Jay-Z got the idea for this song from Ice-T’s version of “99 Problems” (same hook/line used in Ice-T’s song) Verse 1 I got the rap patrol on the gat patrol Jay meant that he has police officers assigned to watch him and look for illegal guns. (He was arrested in 2001 was for illegal guns) Foes that wanna make sure my casket's closed Rap critics that say he's "Money Cash Hoes" I'm from the hood, stupid? what type of facts are those? If you grew up with holes in your zapatos You'd celebrate the minute you was having dough Jay fires back at his critics who says all he raps about is wealth, money, and women by saying if they grew up like him, they would be happy when they start making money too. (Zapatos is Spanish for “shoes”) I'm like "Fuck critics" you can kiss my whole asshole If you don't like my lyrics, you can press fast forward? Got beef with radio if I don't play they show They don't play my hits, well, I don't give a shit, so Rap/Pop stations weren’t paying the artists enough for airplay on the station or for concerts Rap mags try and use my black ass So advertisers can give 'em more cash for ads, fuckers I don't know what you take me as Or understand the intelligence that Jay-Z has I'm from rags to riches, niggas I ain't dumb I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one, hit me The last line is recycled from Ice-T’s version of the same song
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Chorus 99 problems but a bitch ain't one If you having girl problems I feel bad for you son I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one, hit me Verse 2 Year's '94 and my trunk is raw Meaning he has drugs and other illegal items In my rear view mirror is the motherfucking law I got two choices y'all, pull over the car or, hmm, Bounce on the devil, put the pedal to the floor Now I ain't trying to see no highway chase with Jake Plus I got a few dollars I could fight the case So I, pull over to the side of the road I heard "Son, do you know why I'm stopping you for?"
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