Paparazzis with they cameras, snapping em

from Jay Z – 99 Problems Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Jay-Z’s movie star fantasy: he’s in jail and the cameras are snapping pics of him looking cute in his jailhouse jumpsuit!

In the music video as he says this line, it shows pictures of mugshots, showing that the verse refers to mugshots as a distorted version of celebrity, referencing the “perp walk” that prosecutors and police make a high profile defendant take. The media is called and ready when the perp is walked out in cuffs. Looks good on the news.

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