The most poignant lyrical narrative of Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” classic hit is a sharp exchange with a snarky police officer pulling the Brooklyn rap mogul over for, essentially, driving while Black.
Ironically (yet disgustingly) enough, the famous line of that record landed a Tennesse man by the name of Davon Eddington in a far more dangerous interaction with police thanks to a simple conversation and even more simple-minded neighbor.
You know, the usual guy chat about sports, namely LeBron James’ new home with the Lakers. When his brother called him a “bandwagon Lakers fan,” TMZ states, Eddington replied with, “I got 99 problems, but a b**ch ain’t one.” Somehow for the meddling neighbor, the classic Hov line translated into a confession about him beating his fiancée and a call for domestic violence rung into Tennessee police. Next thing Eddington knew, cops had rushed to his home and surrounded his property with weapons drawn. And yes, all after hearing the simple line in question.
After they tucked their guns away, of course.
Eddington revealed that they also apologized to him and no arrests or charges came from the incident. He didn’t quite receive an apology from the neighbor however, but we think there’s two valuable lessons to be learned from all of this, folks: mind the culture, and mind your business. As for Eddington, it looks like his 100th problem is unfortunately right next door.
Listen to his explanation of how it all went down below.
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