If you were at Soul Clap this last week you probably noticed some of this, but just in case you weren’t or wanted some more explanation, here ya go.
I got a hot tip early in the day that this dude Ben was gonna be celebrating his birthday at Soul Clap that night, and if I played 99 Problems for him he’d be real stoked. So I was like “tight” and when I was at home gettin ready for the set, I was thinking I’d throw in this track in the middle cuz I figured maybe not a lot of people know that Jay quotes the whole first few lines of this track in the third verse.
UGK – Touched
Then, as I was plannin all that out, I happened to stumble across this little tune from way back in 1993 (over 10 years before the Jay-Z version):
Ice T – 99 Problems
I mean I was pretty surprised when I found out about that UGK song, but it’s crazy knowing that Jay borrowed the WHOLE HOOK to an older song for his hook. No disrespect intended though, Jay does somethin totally different with it, and I feel like their songs don’t feel the same at all and there’s a lot of awesome original shit in Jay-Z’s version. Just wanna give credit where it’s due. Go ahead, Ice T.