Did Jay Z Really Dedicate “99 Problems” to Charlie Manuel?
Update [9:30 a.m.] Philly.com’s Mike Bertha, who wrote about the show, told me the dedication “definitely didn’t happen.” Philly Mag social media editor Jack Cotter was also there, and confirms that he didn’t hear Jay Z say anything about Charlie Manuel. (Then again, he was all but enraptured by the “Motown Philly” sample JZ/JT dropped into “Take Back the Night.”) And…they’re right. The whole thing was a joke, which was then repeated as fact on social media and CBS 3–the very same news outlet from which the mock report originated!
For the record, Jay Z did NOT actually dedicate 99 Problems to Charlie Manuel last night. I obviously need to work on my twitter sarcasm.
— Cindy Webster (@Cindy610) August 14, 2013
Yes, apparently, he did.
Jay Z just dedicated 99 Problems to Charlie Manuel. No joke. — Cindy Webster (@Cindy610) August 14, 2013
Jay-Z performed his song “99 Problems” at tonight’s concert at CBP and dedicated it to #Phillies manager, Charlie Manuel
— Phillies Nation (@PHLPhilsNation) August 14, 2013
Why? Because he’s a cruel man who likes to stomp all over a man’s recently-earned 1,000th career win? No–because Manuel quoted ’99 Problems’ a couple weeks ago during a radio appearance.
Let me tell you something like this, I got 99 problems and a contract and managing next year, is not one of my problems.
Jay Z, closet WIP listener.