"Well you was doing fifty-five in a fifty-four

from Jay Z – 99 Problems Lyrics on Rap Genius


Isn’t that more-or-less legal under the “Basic Speed Rule”? And have you ever even seen a speed limit that ended in something other than 5 or 0?

(The cop is using a pretext to pull Jay over)

From Jay himself:

When we did work out of state, we would have everything planned down to the finest detail — but then get caught by a cop for no good reason, like “driving 55 in a 54.” Of course, the sarcasm in the speed limit being 54 is another way of saying that we’re being pulled over for no good reason.

This is suspiciously similar to Nelly’s line in “Greed Hate Envy”.

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