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"Dirt off Your Shoulder"
Jay-Z - 99 Problems+Dirt Off Your Shoulder (CD2).jpg
Single by Jay-Z
from the album The Black Album
ReleasedMarch 2, 2004
GenreEast Coast hip hop
Jay-Z singles chronology
"Change Clothes"
"Dirt off Your Shoulder"
"99 Problems"

"Dirt off Your Shoulder" is the second single released from Jay-Z's 2003 album The Black Album.

In 2004, the song was combined with the Linkin Park single "Lying from You" and released as a single for the mash-up album Collision Course.

The track references the first bars of Scarlatti's Sonata in F minor, although the time signature is changed.

Political influence[edit]

On April 17, 2008, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama referenced the song in gesture, in response to sharp attacks from his then-rival Hillary Clinton and a debate which was widely criticized for focusing on campaign gaffes rather than on candidates' policy positions.[1][2] Referencing his opponents' "textbook Washington" tactics, focusing on personal attacks and trivial issues, Obama used Jay-Z's hand signal to "brush the dirt" off his shoulders.[3] When asked whether Obama was deliberately referencing the song, a campaign spokesman said, "He has some Jay-Z on his iPod."[4]

Clinton later made the same gesture during her appearance before the House Select Committee on Benghazi.[citation needed]

Formats and track listings[edit]


  1. Dirt off Your Shoulder (Radio Edit)
  2. Dirt off Your Shoulder (LP)
  3. Dirt off Your Shoulder (Instrumental)


  1. Encore (Radio Edit)
  2. Encore (LP)
  3. Encore (Instrumental)

99 Problems/Dirt off Your Shoulder, Pt. 1[edit]

  1. 99 Problems (Explicit)
  2. Dirt off Your Shoulder (Explicit)

99 Problems/Dirt off Your Shoulder, Pt. 2[edit]

  1. 99 Problems (Explicit)
  2. Dirt off Your Shoulder (Explicit)
  3. 99 Problems (Video)
  4. Dirt off Your Shoulder (Video)

99 Problems/Dirt off Your Shoulder, Vinyl[edit]


  1. 99 Problems (Explicit)
  2. 99 Problems (Clean)


  1. Dirt off Your Shoulder (Explicit)
  2. Dirt off Your Shoulder (Clean)


In the U.S. the song peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 making it Jay-Z's third highest peak on the chart (tied with "Swagga Like Us")

Chart (2004) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart 6[citation needed]
Ireland (IRMA) 23[citation needed]
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 12 [5]
US Billboard Hot 100 5
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 3
US Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 21

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kurtz, Howard (2008-04-18). "Performance By ABC's Moderators Is a Matter Of Debate". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
  2. ^ Whitcomb, Dan (2008-04-18). "ABC criticized for handling of Democratic debate". Reuters. Retrieved 2008-04-19.
  3. ^ Melber, Ari (2008-04-17). "Obama Meets Jay-Z in YouTube Mashup Slamming Clinton & Debate". The Nation. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
  4. ^ Wiltz, Teresa (2008-04-19). "Obama Has Jay-Z on His IPod and The Moves To Prove It". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-04-19.
  5. ^ https://www.officialcharts.com/artist/1028/jay-z/

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