implying that the cop was racial profiling him so he could search is car not thinking that Jay-Z would be intelligent enough to tell him he needs a search warrant. The cop goes on to say, "Well you was doing fifty-five in a fifty-four,” thus exaggerating the fact that the cops intentions were ridiculous. Jay-Z explains, “Of course, the sarcasm in the speed limit being fifty-four is another way of saying that we’re being pulled over for no good reason.” At first listen some might assume that the overall meaning of the song is about females. They may think the song is derogatory to women because he uses the word “bitch”. Although his song “Big Pimpin’ is unarguably derogatory to females, “99
Problems” is referring to a female dog that the police force was supposed to use to search his vehicle for drugs. The hook of the song states, “If you’re having girl problems I feel bad for you, son, I’ve got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one.” In his book Jay-Z says, “In this verse, the bitch is a female dog, the K9 cop coming to sniff the ride.” He goes on to say that in the situation he tells the cop he will need a search warrant and the cops says the dogs are on their way. In conclusion the song does not directly reference homophobia, misogyny or patriarchy. The main point of the song is racial profiling to blacks from the police. The song reflects Jay-Z stories of being a rapper, a hustler and the struggle of being a young black male in urban, America.
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