Released: November 2003

Helmed by super-producer Rick Rubin, ‘99 Problems’ initially charted at number 12 in the UK on release in 2003, but also returned at number 35 in 2008, prompted by Jay-Z’s legendary Noel Gallagher-baiting appearance at Glastonbury Festival. A true mongrel, the song includes samples of 'The Big Beat' by Billy Squier and 'Long Red' by Mountain. It also borrows its name and chorus from Ice-T’s 1993 album ‘Home Invasion’ and lyrics from rapper Trick Daddy’s 2001 release, also titled ’99 Problems’, fact fans.

 

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