Thursday, September 21, 2006

Video Friday #10: "99 Problems", Jay-Z

With the exception of Joe and Kendra, most of my friends never listen to rap, at least as far as I can tell. That's a shame--some of it is quite delectable. So this week, I'm going to try to be Johnny Rapperseed. Try it: you might like it!

This was Jay-Z's last video before he "retired", and it was directed by Mark Romanek. The black and white treatment really looks great on my tv, but not so much on the youtube box. Sorry. Inexplicably, Vincent Gallo of Buffalo '66 and The Brown Bunny makes a cameo.

This is the non-censored version of the video, so it's probably not safe to listen to this at work with the speakers cranked up. If you need help, a translation is available.


At 11:18 PM, September 21, 2006, Anonymous HnatM said...

After Rob base and DJ EZ Rock's immortal "It Takes Two", this is the greatest rap song ever.

At 12:08 PM, September 22, 2006, Anonymous Joe said...

What about the original old-school (well, older-school than Jay-Z's version) Ice-T version? You can get a snippet of the song from youtube, although I'm pretty sure that's not actually the Ice-T video. Lyrics NSFW.

At 12:25 PM, September 22, 2006, Blogger kendra said...

johny rapperseed!

At 2:46 PM, September 22, 2006, Blogger IvyMike said...

Joe, good find on the Ice-T version! I didn't even realize this was a remake. Sweet.


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