Michael J. Glazer, a writer on the entertainment scene who has worked in the industry and is on track to earn his Southwestern J.D. in Spring, 2013, joins the blog for the summer as a guest editor.
While many legal scholars in the law school and young associate demographic have chanted along to Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” lyrics in civilian life for years, the competency of the artist’s legal analysis lurking beneath the anthem has not charted as high in the realm of public curiosity.
Until now. The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, BET, and a slew of major mainstream media outlets are championing Southwestern professor Caleb Mason’s expert tear down on the criminal procedure issues underlying Shawn Carter’s shout-along anthem . It’s all described in his article, “Jay-Z’s 99 Problems, Verse 2: A Close Reading with Fourth Amendment Guidance for Cops and Perps”. 56 St. Louis University Law Journal 567.
Because many of you will want to listen to the tune at issue, but the contemporary nature of the entertainment may not thrill your more buttoned-up colleagues, read on:Here’s the NSFW key verse here: (This video cues right to the key verse )
Mason dissects Jay’s 12-bar second verse — the iconic traffic stop, beginning when Jay is pulled over for “doing 55 in a 54” -– pouring a pop culture smoothie from a legal blender, creating the apotheosis of this blog’s “Oh, Really” section.
Known as a pop culture savant, whose exams feature ripped-from-the-gossip-blogs fact patterns of celebrity participants named “J.Lo and Marc divorcing” or a philandering golf star’s domestic troubles, congratulations are in order as the pop culture galaxy inverts its focus and highlights Prof. Mason via mainstream viral success of this writer’s favorite law review article of all time.
Read it here.
Photos: Jay-Z courtesy of Johnny Nunez/NUBUZZ PHOTO/5th Annual Two Kinds Dinner and After-Party, presented by Bing; Mason by Southwestern Law School.