Wednesday, May 11, 2005

I Got 99 Problems, But An Illegal Search Ain't One

This post isn't for the kiddies . . . . . excuse the explicit language - but it's artisitic expression, people. Don't be haters.

My study partner pointed out tonight the handy stop & search tips in Jay-Z's "99 Problems" - and, well, he's right. This is pretty good law:

The year is '94 and my trunk is raw
In my rear view mirror is the mother fuckin' law
I got two choices y'all pull over the car or (hmmm)
Bounce on the devil put the pedal to the floor
Now i ain't tryin' to see no highway chase with Jake
Plus i got a few dollars i can fight the case
So i...pull over to the side of the road
I heard "Son do you know why i'm stoppin' you for?"
Cause i'm young and i'm black and my hats real low
Do i look like a mind reader sir, i don't know
Am i under arrest or should i guess some mo'?
"Well you was doin fifty-five in a fifty-four"
"Liscense and registration and step out of the car"
"Are you carryin' a weapon on you i know alot of you are"
I ain't steppin out of shit all my papers legit
"Well, do you mind if i look round the car a little bit?"
Well my glove compartment is locked so is the trunk and the back
And i know my rights so you gon' need a warrant for that
"Aren't you sharp as a tack, you some type of lawyer or something'?"
"Or somebody important or somethin'?"
Tah i ain't pass the bar but i know a little bit
Enough that you won't illegally search my shit
"We'll see how smart you are when the K-9 come"
I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one
Hit me
Thanks, Jay-Z


Anonymous said...

Wow. If only I'd listened to Jay-Z before my Crim Pro final last semester. Maybe I'd have done better on the essay portion.

Josh said...

Too bad Jay-Z is retired at the rip ol' age of 30 something and is hookin' up with Beyonce'. Can you imagine what he would be rappin' bout if he wasn't rich and taggin' Foxy Cleopatra?

Anonymous said...

well, if he could riff on securities regulation, that'd be great.

Fick said...

Wow. I need to remember that for the end of the next semester.

Anonymous said...

Believe it or not, this song, together with Wyclef's "In Love with a Stripper" (Just cause she dances go-go/it don't make her a ho no) got me through Crim Pro and Character Evidence (specific acts) on the Bar.