"99 Problems" as written by Alphonso Henderson, Tracy Marrow, Billy Squier, Norman Landsberg, Felix Pappalardi, Leslie Weinstein, John Ventura, Chester Bennington, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Joseph Hahn and Mike Shinoda....
If you're having girl problems I feel bad for you son
I got ninety nine problems but a bitch ain't one

I got the rap patrol on the gat patrol
Foes that want ta make sure my casket's closed
Rap critics that say he's "Money Cash Hoes"
I'm from the hood, stupid?what type of facts are those?
If you grew up with holes in your zapatos
You'd celebrate the minute you was having dough
I'm like "Fuck critics" you can kiss my whole asshole
If you don't like my lyrics, you can press fast forward?
Got beef with radio if I don't play they show
They don't play my hits, well, I don't give a shit, so
Rap mags try and use my black ass
So advertisers can give 'em more cash for ads, fuckers
I don't know what you take me as
Or understand the intelligence that Jay-Z has
I'm from rags to riches, niggas I ain't dumb
I got ninety nine problems but a bitch ain't one, hit me

Ninety nine problems but a bitch ain't one
If you having girl problems I feel bad for you son
I got ninety nine problems but a bitch ain't one, hit me

Year's '94 and my trunk is raw
In my rear view mirror is the motherfucking law
I got two choices y'all, pull over the car or, hmm,
Bounce on the devil, put the pedal to the floor
Now I ain't trying to see no highway chase with Jake
Plus I got a few dollars I could fight the case
So I, pull over to the side of the road
I heard "Son, do you know why I'm stopping you for?"
Cause I'm young and I'm black and my hat's real low
Or do I look like a mind reader, sir? I don't know
Am I under arrest or should I guess some mo?
"Well you was doing fifty-five in the fifty-four", uh huh
"License and registration and step out of the car
"Are you carrying a weapon on you, I know a lot of you are"
I ain't stepping out of shit, all my papers legit
"Well do you mind if I look around the car a little bit?"
Well my glove compartment is locked, so is the trunk and the back
And I know my rights so you goin' need a warrant for that
"Aren't you sharp as a tack? You some type of lawyer or something?
"Somebody important or something?"
Child, I ain't passed the bar, but I know a little bit
Enough that you won't illegally search my shit
"Well we'll see how smart you are when the K-9 come"
I got ninety nine problems but a bitch ain't one, hit me

[Chorus: x2]

Now once upon a time not too long ago
A nigga like myself had to strong arm a ho
This is not a ho in the sense of having a pussy
But a pussy having no goddamn sense try and push me
I tried to ignore 'em, talk to the Lord
Pray for 'em, cause some fools just love to perform
You know the type, loud as a motorbike
But wouldn't bust a grape in a fruit fight
The only thing that's goin' happen is I'ma get to clapping and
He and his boys goin' be yapping to the captain
And there I go trapped in the Kit Kat again
Back through the system with the riff raff again
Fiends on the floor scratching again
Paparazzi's with they cameras, snapping them
D.A. tried to give a nigga shaft again
Half a mil for bail cause I'm African
All because this fool was harassing them
Trying to play the boy like he's saccharine
But ain't nothing sweet 'bout how I hold my gun
I got ninety nine problems being a bitch ain't one, hit me

[Chorus: x2]

Having girl problems I feel bad for you son
I got ninety nine problems and a bitch ain't one

You're crazy for this one, Rick, it's your boy

Lyrics submitted by thewhitepony33

"99 Problems" as written by William H Squier, Alphonso Henderson, Norman Landsberg, Felix Pappalardi, Leslie Weinstein, John Ventura, Tracy Marrow


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  • +3
    General CommentI haven't seen any website get this line right:

    "If you grew up with holes in your zapper toes "

    Should be

    "If you grew up with holes in your zapatos"

    Zapatos is spanish for shoes. He mispronounced it, but I still think it's a clever rhyme.
    Doc_42on June 23, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General Commenthe uses the word "bitch" differently in all three verses: in the first verse, music industry in general is the bitch, in the second, the canine is the bitch, and in the third, the guy who tries to screw with him is the bitch.
    sammythemcon June 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsup? i Think alot of you rock heads got to listen to this song again. caz i dont know but i would rather have so girl problems compared to racism on my back every day. caz i can not even think what that would be like. hint hint he is down playing the girl problims
    AHLon October 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentppl that have many felonies for drug trafficing, they get a habitual felony. in prison, when you get this, they call it 'the bitch'. if you notice, in the song jay z talks about not getting caught, esp in teh 2nd verse. hes got 99 problems, but 'the bitch' isnt one of them, cause he aint gonna get caught :D
    crudeon February 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is like Jay-Z was writing the lyrics to my life.

    cos' like so many days go by in my life where i think to myself "i do have 99 probems, but a bitch ain't one".
    jimmychangaon May 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've done a lot of research on illuminati, and it's obvious Jay Z is part of it too. what a big waste!
    pinkcanvason January 14, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhere did u get all that stuff about the significant other?
    SPinhalfLITon April 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, this is the best from the black
    NegativeNeveron May 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentunrelated to the lyrics, but if you pick up the may issue of SPIN magazine, it has this hilarious article about jay-z's 99 problems.
    saintnateon May 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGonna be big.

    Adios Jay.

    Great video, stirrin' up the controversy.
    wolfplaya07on May 05, 2004   Link

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