Law Prof: Jay-Z's Lyrical Legal Advice Is Wrong
Don't let '99 Problems' be your guide
By Dustin Lushing, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2012 5:45 PM CDT
Jay-Z in March, 2012.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Jay-Z's smash hit "99 Problems" may be fun to listen to, but don't get your legal advice from it. The rapper's perspective on the law is way off in parts, says a professor who authored a law review article analyzing the lyrics line by line. "If this Essay serves no other purpose, I hope it serves to debunk, for any readers who persist in believing it, the myth that locking your trunk will keep the cops from searching it," writes associate prof Caleb Mason. Sorry, fans, but the idea that the police will need a warrant is "completely, 100% wrong."

"99 Problems" features a narrative of a younger Jay-Z being pulled over by cops while having drugs in his car, and given the song's "crime anthem" status, "it's perhaps surprising that it took so long for an extremely thorough breakdown of the relevant law enforcement issues to be published," writes Kia Makarechi at the Huffington Post. You can download the .pdf of the full law review article here.

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Sep 3, 2012 2:34 PM CDT
Can anybody imagine life without our Constitutional law. Without law people do what they want to do. Constitutional law gives you Bill of Rights. i have read some clause such as : ,
Jul 13, 2012 7:00 AM CDT
And you would take advise from this former street thug because????
Jul 12, 2012 2:42 PM CDT
Well the reality is "Professor" is cops can do what ever the hell they want, most people fear them and cops know they can get away with crap. Lawyers are just bottom-feeders that benefit from a MAN-MADE complex system. Law isn't a scientific fact or's basically a game that is made up and made complicated so only a few can understand the rules of the game.