This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

April 27th – Jay-Z releases the smash hit single “99 Problems”, on Roc-A-Fella Records, on this day in 2004.

“99 Problems” was produced by the legendary Rick Rubin, best known for his work with Run-DMC, LL Cool J and countless others.

This would be Rubin’s first hip-hop production in years after leaving Def Jam, a label he founded and launching Def American and then later American Records in the 1990’s.

Among several samples used for the track, Rubin would utilize Billy Squier’s classic 1980 track “The Big Beat”, a hip-hop break beat staple.

The song’s hook would be from the 1993 Ice-T track of the same name, featuring Brother Marquis of The 2 Live Crew.

The Grammy Award winning track would deal with several subjects such as police racial profiling, paparazzi, violence and the media.