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“If you’re having girl problems I feel bad for you son, I’ve got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one!”
That’s the hook from Jay Z‘s “99 Problems,” one of his biggest hits, and while most, if not all, Hip Hop heads are well aware that the entire line comes from Ice T’s “99 Problems” (ft. Brother Marquis), a lot of people have no idea and would totally lose out on that question if a game such as Rap Jeopardy existed.
In a recent interview with radio.com, Ice T says Southern Rap pioneer and 2 Live Crew member Brother Marquis actually came up with the hook.
Jay Z’s own “99 Problems” song was released in 2004 as a single from his eighth studio album The Black Album.
The issue was brought up last month in a Rolling Stone interview when he was asked if it bothered him that people forget that the song — which he’s re-releasing on his metal band Body Count‘s next album Manslaughter — was basically his first.
He also said that he “loved” Jay Z’s version of the song, so overall, Ice T doesn’t sound “mad” over Jay Z not giving him a shout-out or publicly thanking him for basically giving him a hit … but Ice does seem like he feels some type of way about it.
The whole situation is funny though, because almost 10 years ago Brother Marquis (real name: Marquis Ross) filed a lawsuit against both “Jay-Z” and “Ice-T” (back when they both used hyphenated monikers) requesting royalties from Jay Z’s “99 Problems,” of which Jay holds the copyright to, of course.
Ross alleged that the chorus of Jay’s song was similar to the lyrics and beats he wrote for Ice’s song (obviously), and he also claimed in the suit that Ice refused to pay him royalties until 2005 when he made a “partial payment” of just $10,000. In addition to back royalties, Ross was also seeking punitive damages in the suit.
We assume they either settled out of court (or Brother Marquis just dropped it altogether) because the suit never went past the “file” stage.