A fascinating legal article is Jay-Z’s 99 Problems, Verse 2: A Close Reading with Fourth Amendment Guidance for Cops and Perps by Caleb Mason, Saint Louis University School of Law.
The author does a line-by-line analysis of the second verse of this hit rap song “from the perspective of a criminal procedure professor.” It’s a valuable and unusual exercise in brushing up on your Fourth Amendment rights as it relates to vehicle stops.
How America and hip-hop failed each other
The nation surely failed its black male citizens by targeting and imprisoning them when joblessness and the crack epidemic left them with few real options. They were conveniently villainized, arrested and warehoused to help politicians, judges, prosecutors and police win the public trust.
But hip-hop also failed black America, and failed itself. Itâ€™s unavoidable that hip-hop and the war on drugs would become intertwined. But the music could have been a tool of resistance, informing on the drug warâ€™s hypocrisies instead of acquiescing to them. Hip-hop didnâ€™t have to become complicit in spreading the message of the criminalblackman, but the money it made from doing so was the drug it just couldnâ€™t stop getting high on.
Excellent read. Watch the video, then download and read the legal article.
And then there were three:
I never thought I’d see a Jay Z video linked here, nice, lol.
Sign of the times. I couldn’t understand a word he said.
You newjack hustlers gotta tweek,
II’s all ’bout makin’ that GTA,
Keeping your heads nappy and outta gafflin’ range
Cos ain’t no wigger ever done watching Andy Griffith
Without Dillon and some Duckets
all it means is that cops can arrest you for anything, anytime
Jefferson would not be proud!
AAaahhhh…..It is so rewarding and entertaining to watch this government contiually contribute to it’s eventual demise. If you are a student of history – and I am – then you will see that the level of repression now being reached by this government is unstastainable. A revolution of sorts is on the horizon. Those that are blind will not see until it is too late.