Alarming News

April 30, 2004

‘I’m from the hood, stupid, what type of facts are those?’

If you’re into this sort of thing, you can watch the new Jay Z video, ‘99 Problems’, here. I’ve been hearing about it all over the place, from the Vincent Gallo email list I’m on (yeah, that’s right, I’m on a Vincent Gallo list) because my love Vincent has a brief cameo, to my rap-listening brother who told me I haaaaad to see it, so finally got a chance to check it out. It’s an ok video, some interesting shots of Brooklyn. If you don’t like rap, don’t bother clicking on. I think Jay Z generally, and this song in particular, is an acquired taste.

Posted by Karol at 01:58 AM |

wait, are you saying you do or don’t like it? it’s offensive, but is that an acquired taste?
you should download the “grey album” remix- it uses the beatles’ “helter skelter” which works really well…

Posted by: mike d at April 30, 2004 at 9:42 am

I love it. And am not at all offended. I’m not sure I even know what feeling offended feels like. I love the grey album, it’s such an original idea.

Posted by: Karol at April 30, 2004 at 10:03 am

Did Jay Z do the rap to the Rugrats theme (speaking of which why is Rugrats always on-I have three nickelodians and they sometimes put Rugrats head to head) ? If so, then damn him. My best friend’s kid goes crazy in the car if that song is not playing. I’m a reactionary because change is bad but geez this kid makes me look like a leftist.

Posted by: Von Bek at April 30, 2004 at 11:37 am

That song is awful. There’s no excuse for making music like that.

Posted by: Peter at April 30, 2004 at 6:53 pm
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