Not that theres ever a bad moment to be Jay-Z, but right now is definitely a good time to Mr. Shawn Carter. Hes made over $63 million in the past year, and has just been named hip-hops cash king by Forbes. Hes releasing his memoirs titled Decoded in November, and The Blueprint 3 refuses to fall off the Billboard Top 200 despite being released almost a year ago. Now Hypetrak reports that Prince of Ballard has mashed up Jiggas 2004 hit, 99 Problems, with a track by the Dap Kings.
The cut completely abandons the rock riff and cowbell on Rick Rubins version of the song and trades it for a super-smooth guitar lick and a horn part the sounds straight out of the 1960s. In fact, this is surely what the past wouldve sounded like if Hova hopped in a time machine, dialed it back to 1969, and sat in on the sessions for Isaac Hayes Hot Buttered Soul. Its not clear which Dap Kings cut the sample is from, but Brooklyns finest definitely makes it sound like the song was produced just for him. However, it doesn’t seem like lyrics about strong armin a ho would go over very well with the more subdued sensibilities of the era.
Check the song out below and let us know what you think. You can pre-order his aforementionede memoirs here.
“99 Problems” (Jay-Z/Dap Kings Mash-Up)