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article imagePresident Obama's '99 Problems' remix

By Layne Weiss     Sep 30, 2012 in Entertainment
Rapper Jay-Z's hit single "99 Problems" was a song about drug dealers vs. police canines. He likely never imagined it would one day be used to make a video montage of the United States' first black President reciting the song....with a twist.
Jay-Z had 99 problems, but a "b*tch" certainly wasn't one of them, and in a video montage made by Diran Lyons, President Obama has 99 problems, but "Mitt's not one," XXL Mag reports.
In the montage, which was released Friday, President Obama lists various issues such as the economy, protestors, the banks that helped him win the election in 2008, and "regular" American people has some of his "problems."
The video is critical of Obama's opponent in the 2012 Presidential election, republican Mitt Romney, but as mentioned above, it criticizes elements of Obama's presidency as well.
"Well, it's 2009 and the White House is mine, but the economy's in full motherf*cking decline," Obama says, Popwatch reports. It's not entirely clear where Diran Lyons got audio of the President swearing, but it was most likely from an audio version of Obama's memoir, Dreams Of My Father.
As a whole, the video is clever and funny, but one of the funniest parts is when, making light of questions over his American citizenship, Obama says, "you'll need a warrant for that," regarding his birth certificate, Billboard reports. In the original song, Jay-Z gets pulled over by a police officer who wants to see the contents of Hov's vehicle. The rapper responds, "Well my glove compartment is locked, so is the trunk in the back, and I know my rights, so you gon' need a warrant for that."
Obama is known to be a fan of Jay-Z, and he even says so at the beginning of this remix, but he has not commented on the video yet, VIBE reports.
The President made a video appearance at Jay-Z's Made In America Festival over Labor Day weekend, Billboard reports. He also joined Hov and his wife, Beyonce for a fundraising dinner at the 40/40 club on September 18.
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