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Florida Lawmakers Debate Jay-Z Lyrics on House Floor



One would never think a Jay-Z lyric would come out of a state representatives mouth during a house, let alone debating the Hip Hop superstar’s lyrics.

But this did occur in the final two days of the Florida legislature’s 60 day session when Rep. Alan B. Williams (D-Tallahassee) argued for support of a bill using Jay-Z’s rap lyrics from “99 Problems.”

“To go even further, you think about a wise businessman. He even said he knows his rights. And Jay-Z…I think Jay-Z said it best and I’m going to quote for you. ‘I know my rights and you’re going to need a warrant for that.’ And he even went further, “Aren’t you sharp as a tack, are you a lawyer or something?” Members, when you look at it, support this. If you support Jay-Z, support this amendment.”

However, speaker Dean Cannon (R-Winter Park) corrected Williams. He stated:

“I must respectfully disagree with a correction, Rep. Williams. In the song, it was the officer who said, ‘Aren’t you sharp as a tack?’ or something. ‘You should try for lawyer or something,’ so I got you on that. It’s an unspoken rule, if you’re going to invoke Jay-Z, you must get the lyrics correct. I’m not sure Jay-Z would support this amendment.”

Both lawmakers were actually incorrect. The correct verse is as stated:

Cop: Do you mind if I look round the car a little bit?
Jay-Z: Well, my glove compartment is locked, so is the trunk in the back,
And I know my rights so you gonna need a warrant for that.
Cop: Aren’t you sharp as a tack? You some type of lawyer or something,
Somebody important or something?

Watch the exhange between the two below.

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