"I got 99 problems, but a bitch ain't one." So goes the refrain of Jay-Z's "99 Problems." I'd imagine that most people find, especially women, find the use of "bitch" here to be offensive, chauvinistic, and misogynistic. I suppose the gut reaction to that refrain would be exactly that. Actually, the refrain originally come from Ice-T's song of the same name. If you thought Jay-Z was bad, I dare you to take a listen to Ice-T's. Go ahead, I dare you!
Considering the context of the lyrics, I am of the mind that among the myriad of problems Jigga has, a bitch truly isn't one of them. The intro goes, "If you're havin' girl problems I feel bad for you son / I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one." What I take from that is that Hova's girl isn't a problem, nor is she a bitch. And since she isn't a bitch, she isn't a problem. Finally, "If you don't like my lyrics, you can press fast forward."
And, lighten up, Phish covered it with Jay-Z on the mic at a Brooklyn concert. And they did "Big Pimpin'"! If Phish covering your song and inviting you to sing it on stage with them isn't a validation of your artistic cred, then I don't know what is.
Wow, "...even more provoking than that of whore." Very interesting indeed.
The Bell Score: 3.87001