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Alan B Williams: Florida Politician & Jay-Z

March 10, 2012 by staff 

Alan B Williams: Florida Politician & Jay-Z, In the final two days of the Florida legislature’s 60-day session, legislators are really struggling to pass a few more bills: they’ve started correcting each other’s Jay-Z lyrics in arguments for and against amendments.

Wednesday, Rep. Alan B. Williams (D-Tallahassee) quoted the New York rapper’s track “99 Problems” in a discussion of an amendment regarding Florida evidence code:

“To go even further, you think about a wise businessman. He even said he knows his rights. And Jay-Z I think Jay-Z said it best and I’m going to quote for you. ‘I know my rights and you’re going to need a warrant for that.’ And he even went further, “Aren’t you sharp as a tack, are you a lawyer or something?” Members, when you look at it, support this. If you support Jay-Z, support this amendment.”
Yet speaker Dean Cannon (R-Winter Park) wouldn’t let a Jay-Z misquote go un-chastised, as first noted on The Washington Free Beacon. The unlikely rap enthusiast responded with a “respectful” correction — or at least, what he thought was a correction:

“I must respectfully disagree with a correction, Rep. Williams. In the song, it was the officer who said, ‘Aren’t you sharp as a tack?’ or something. ‘You should try for lawyer or something,’ so I got you on that. It’s an unspoken rule, if you’re going to invoke Jay-Z, you must get the lyrics correct. I’m not sure Jay-Z would support this amendment.

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