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Check Out: Jay-Z/Dap Kings mash-up of “99 Problems”

on August 23, 2010, 9:45am

Not that there’s ever a bad moment to be Jay-Z, but right now is definitely a good time to Mr. Shawn Carter. He’s made over $63 million in the past year, and has just been named hip-hop’s cash king by Forbes. He’s 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 Jigga’s 2004 hit, “99 Problems”, with a track by the Dap Kings.

The cut completely abandons the rock riff and cowbell on Rick Rubin’s 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 would’ve 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. It’s not clear which Dap Kings cut the sample is from, but Brooklyn’s 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.

Check Out:
“99 Problems” (Jay-Z/Dap Kings Mash-Up)

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