About a decade after House of Pain “came to drop bombs” with its one-hit video wonder “Jump Around,” Jay Z’s “99 Problems” popped up on MTV in 2004. “99” was entirely in black and white, and the version that aired on MTV muted profanities and blurred a few prison scenes depicting full frontal male nudity. Every airing of Jay Z’s video was preceded by an admonition from John Norris – the serious VJ – explaining why the network was showing a video that ends with Jay Z getting repeatedly shot.
“Jump Around” was the suburban tough guy anthem through the ’90s, an automatic invitation to, ya know, find some buddies and start jumping around in unison – sometimes with a raised arm, sometimes with arms down at your sides, like a pogo stick.
The two songs ended up together on the Chairman’s “Spring ’12 Workout” iPod shuffle playlist. Truman presents them together for your midweek listening pleasure.