News: UPDATE: Florida Rep Addresses Quoting Jay-Z's '99 Problems' Anthem

Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 8:29AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Days after becoming an overnight Internet sensation for quoting rap mogul Jay-Z's "99 Problems" during a political debate, Florida representative Alan B. Williams has finally come forward.

According to Williams, he chose a perfect moment to make a comparison to Young Hov's 2003 record.

"The debate we were having was about the evidence obtained from a warrantless search of cellular devices and what would be considered unlawful search," Rep. Alan B. Williams (D-Tallahassee) told CBS Local. "That's why I connected it to Jay-Z's lyrics. It was just like what Jay-Z was talking about when he said, 'I know my rights you're going to need a warrant for that.'" (CBS Local)

Williams also spoke on getting corrected by Speaker Dean Cannon and revealed why he knew his comparison would not reach deaf ears.

"I did get it right," he said. "But some people said he [Speaker Cannon] did because the Speaker had the mic, so the Speaker had the last word." Cannon's response may have surprised those who watched the video, Williams said he was not blind-sided by the attack on his use of "99 Problems" as Exhibit A. "I knew he [Cannon] knew about Jay-Z because he was a radio DJ in college," Williams said. "He listens to a wide range of music." (CBS Local)

Footage of the "99 Problems" debate hit the Internet a few days ago.

Holy sh*t, this video is so awkwardly hilarious that it's probably the best random music-related clip of the day. While on the floor of the Florida House of Representatives, Rep. Alan B. Williams attempted to win over his cohorts by citing lyrics from Jay-Z's "99 Problems." But when he does so, he wrongly refers to Hov as the one stating "Aren't you sharp a tack? Are you a lawyer or somethin'?". Thankfully Rep. Dean Cannon is there to correct him and make this that much funnier/bizarre. (Prefix Mag)

Last December, Jay showed off his political wit during a CNN interview.

"I think me personally, I wouldn't mind paying more taxes if it went to things that really mattered," Jay said in an interview. "If it went to education and people in poverty, if it went to the right things, I wouldn't mind. I think it should be clearly defined where all the money is being allocated. ... [With Occupy Wall Street], I think it's saying a lot all over the world that people can get their voice out there and fight for a better world. I support all sorts of movements. There are so many different fights that we must take on - education and health care and poverty. It's good that young people are getting out and getting their voice heard, especially in this time of social media where that argument on the block or that thing that takes place in a small place -- is being viewed globally. You're really getting to recognize the power of your voice." (CNN)

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