Ugh, so tired of Hugo’s cover of this song! Where’s the controversy over “99 Problems” now that the political context and narrative of the original song has been jettisoned in favor of folksy mood-setting drivel? Because Jay-Z could at least argue the hook was intended as “a joke, bait for lazy critics,” even if audiences were equally apathetic about the meaning. In Hugo’s version, there isn’t even a relationship between the chorus and the rest of the lyrics.
I first heard Hugo’s “99 Problems” at the end of Fright Night and, apart from sounding catchy, I have no idea what it was doing there. There are tons and tons of songs which use vampire imagery or connect to the emotional themes of the movie better than “99 Problems.” I mean, Kid Cudi’s song “No One Believes Me” (which played 2nd over the credits) captures the emotional state of both Fright Nights without being sexist. Why not put that first, or re-use “Bad Bad Love?” It’s not like Hugo wrote lyrics of such astounding profundity that their meaning overwhelms the lizard-brain appeal of chanting “bitch” loudly in public.
Mike (via blakevjones)