Caleb Mason, who is associate professor of law at Southwestern University, has produced a line-by-line reading of rapper Jay-Z’s infamous song, ’99 Problems.’
He produced the paper for the Saint Louis University Law Journal and in it he goes through and analyzes Jay-Z’s lyrics and how they translate in the eyes of the law.
In the 20 page paper, Mason finds that Jay-Z is mostly correct in his interpretations of the law however he does notice a few areas where Jay-Z has got it a little bit twisted. His most glaringly obvious mistake is in the section where Jay-Z has been pulled over by the police and they ask to search his vehicle. In the song, he states that his glove compartment, trunk & back are locked and that they will need a warrant to undertake such a search, even stating “I know my rights.” Well in this case, it turns out that he is really quite wrong about his “rights”. Continue Reading