Roc-A-Fella Republican

Free Beacon, March 8, 2012

Two Florida state representatives got into a debate over the lyrics to Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” on the floor of the Florida House of Representatives Wednesday while discussing an amendment to the Florida Evidence Code regarding allowing certain types of hearsay as evidence:

REP. ALAN B. WILLIAMS: I think one of the reasons why were supporting the amendment is because we got such a warm and fuzzy farewell from you to set the mood to support this amendment. To go even further, you think about a wise businessman. He even said he knows his rights. And Jay-Z…I think Jay-Z said it best and I’m going to quote for you. “I know my rights and you’re going to need a warrant for that.” And he even went further, “Aren’t you sharp as a tack, are you a lawyer or something?” Members, when you look at it, support this. If you support Jay-Z, support this amendment. Thank you.

SPEAKER DEAN CANNON: I must respectfully disagree with a correction, Rep. Williams. In the song, it was the officer who said, “Aren’t you sharp as a tack?” or something. “You should try for lawyer or something,” so I got you on that. It’s an unspoken rule, if you’re going to invoke Jay-Z, you must get the lyrics correct. I’m not sure Jay-Z would support this amendment.

Both representatives misquote the lyrics. It is the cop that asks the question, as Cannon says, but Williams has the actual line correct:

(COP) Do you mind if I look round the car a little bit?

(JAY-Z) Well, my glove compartment is locked, so is the trunk in the back,
And I know my rights so you gonna need a warrant for that.

(COP) Aren’t you sharp as a tack? You some type of lawyer or something,
Somebody important or something?

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  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    One of the lyrics from “99 problems” is “I’ve got 99 problems but a b***h ain’t one.”  If we’re going to incorporate a clod like Jay-Z into Florida’s legal jurisprudence, then there really is a war on women.

  • sbuffalonative

    Oprah had Jay-Z on her talk show. Oprah praised him and her audience of white women applauded.

    “I’m from rags to ritches n*gg*s I ain’t dum I got 99 problems but a b*tch ain’t one.”

    You can read the full lyrics here:

    http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/99-problems-lyrics-jay-z/91ac14f077bcf79848256ddf0006c3f1

    • Clight12

      Oprah and Jay-Z are two of a kind. Only Oprah puts on a smiley face…especially for  her White guests and White audiences.

      I heard her OWN network isn’t doing so great. The only people who made her rich and famous were WHITE women.  The smiles and the looks on their faces as they watched Oprah left me cold. Such stupid fools.

       This is one reason I, as a White woman can barely stand to be around any White woman. Even the “conservative” ones. They seem to all think alike when it comes to nonwhites and racial issues. 

       They should have never gotten the vote and especially blacks should have never been granted citizenship or the vote.  Where would poor little Oprah be today if that had of been the case?  Queen of Liberia, maybe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hunter.morrow1 Hunter Morrow

     A lot of Florida might as well be Africa, or Haiti/Dominican Republic, or Cuba or Mexico. You can go through big parts of Florida and not see another White.

    Florida is where Whites go to die and non-Whites go to breed.

    These representatives are from gerrymandered districts where only a black or brown could ever hope to win. It is the only way it happened. Do you think this is what the White, slave-owning founders of this nation had in mind when they drafted the rules for a Representative Republic? Two Bantus quoting rap “music” lyrics in a state House of Representatives?

  • Hirschibold

    The Coalition of the Left looks good on paper, but get them all together for dinner and watch them claw each other’s eyes out. It may come as a shock to some, but strident short-haired Lesbians and chauvinistic black thugs don’t mix well. Add a dash (or several million) Hispanics to the mix, and you have a bloody melee of wonderful individuals competing for money earned by someone else.

    • The_Bobster

      The only thing holding the unholy alliance together is hatred of the straight White Christian male.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FWMCMK6U5OWRHYIYJAF2TPFL2U thomas

    Am I the only one troubled by the fact that we have two state representatives, quoting the lyrics of a rapping thug on the house floor, in order to bolster their positions on behalf of the people? It would seem we sink a little further each day.

  • JackKrak

    “I think Jay-Z said it best & I’m gonna quote fo’ ya (checks his cell phone)…….if you support Jay-Z, support this ammendment”.  Then the speaker corrects him on the exact text & smiles at the apparent irony of the white guy knowing Jay-Z better than the black guy.

    The fact that this was said is a legistlative chamber in the US should be profoundly embarassing for all involved. As a Floridian myself, I find this especially humiliating.

  • Christopher_Nelson

    Was this a comedy skit?