99 Problems – Jay Z

99 problems jay z

Words and Music by

Norman Landsberg, John Ventura, Leslie Weinstein, Felix Pappalardi, William Squire, Alphonso Henderson and Tracy Marrow

99 Problems Jay Z

Copyright © 2003 by Universal Music – MGB Songs, Universal Music – Careers, Songs Of The Knight, WB Music Corp., Ammo Dump Music, Carrumba Music, Rhyme Syndicate Music and Bridgeport Music, Inc.

This arrangement Copyright © 2016 by Universal Music – MGB Songs, Universal Music – Careers, Songs Of The Knight, WB Music Corp., Ammo Dump Music, Carrumba Music, Rhyme Syndicate Music and Bridgeport Music, Inc.

All Rights for Songs Of The Knight Controlled and Administered by Spirit Two Music, Inc.

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All Rights Reserved – Used by Permission
– contains elements of “The Big Beat,” “Long Red,” “99 Problems” and “Straight Outta Compton”

Reprinted with Permission of Hal Leonard Corporation

99 Problems Jay Z

“99 Problems” is a great example of genius combined with simplicity. Its the perfect song to dig into the foundational theory concepts of rhythm, melody and harmony that underpin all music theory. We will learn concepts such as tempo, meter, time signatures, subdivision, pitch and tonality, harmonic rhythm and much more. Once you have a handle on these concepts, we will explore ways to apply these concepts to your own creative work.

“99 Problems” is the third single released by American rapper Jay Z in 2004 from The Black Album. The hook in the chorus “I got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one” was taken from the Ice-T single “99 Problems” from the album Home Invasion (1993). The phrase was coined during a conversation between Ice-T & Brother Marquis of Miami-based 2 Live Crew.

In the song, Jay-Z tells a story about dealing with rap critics, racial profiling from a police officer who wants to search his car, and an aggressor. The song reached number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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