Jay-Z’s “99 Problems,” Verse 2, Broken Down By a Law Professor, Line By Line
Somehow, I escaped 2004 never having really heard Jay-Z’s classic 99 Problems. I know, I know – I was on Mars, living in a cave, with my eyes shut and my fingers in my ears.
Anyhow – if you’re like me, and you’ve never heard the song… I still think you’ll find this a great read: Associate Professor of Law Caleb Mason does a blow-by-blow breakdown of the second verse from the song.
I saw this article a few weeks ago, but at the time it was a PDF file. I quickly skimmed it, but never got around to reading it. Today, I happened to see a link to a text version via longform.org, and got totaly sucked in.
Fun stuff, and worth a read. If for nothing else, to know about your ability to refuse consent. Also made me remember two great videos by Professor James Duane and Officer George Bruch: Arguments Against Talking to the Police. A must-watch video for sure.