Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)

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"Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)"
Single by Jay-Z featuring Amil and Big Jaz
from the album Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
Released March 1, 1999 (1999-03-01)
Format 12-inch single, CD, Vinyl
Recorded 1998
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:53
Label Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Writer(s) S. Carter
J. Burks
T. Mosley
Producer(s) Timbaland
Jay-Z chronology
"Money, Cash, Hoes (Remix)"
"Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)"
"Jigga My Nigga"
Amil chronology
"Can I Get A..."
"Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)"
"Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)"
Big Jaz chronology
"Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)"
"Let's Go"

"Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)" is a fast-paced song from rapper Jay-Z's third album Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life. The song is produced by Timbaland and features two artists: Big Jaz, who raps one verse and Amil, who sings the track's chorus. The song is a popular track among fans, who think it is a great showcase for Jay-Z's raw talent, and is some of his fastest rapping work with the exception of the original track Originators also with Big Jaz in 1990[citation needed]

The song's title was often changed to "Jigga What, Jigga Who (Originator 99)" to avoid airing the word "nigga".

In 2004, the song was mashed with Linkin Park's "Faint" in the six track EP Collision Course.

Lyrical structure[edit]

The song is based on a slow beat subdivided into an intricate pattern of staccato 32nd notes. The lyrical content is delivered extremely fast, matching the 32nd-note rhythm:

Motherfuckers wanna act loco
Hit 'em wit, numerous shots with the fo'-fo'
Faggots wanna talk to po-po's, smoke 'em like cocoa
Fuck rap, coke by the boatload
Fuck that, on the run-by, gun high, one eye closed
Left holes through some guy clothes
Stop your bullshitin', glock with the full clip
Motherfuckers better duck when the fool spit
One shot could make a nigga do a full flip
See the nigga layin' shocked when the bullet hit

On the mash up with Linkin Park, Jay-Z delivered the lines even quicker to fit with the music for "Faint".


Chart (1999) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 84
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 23

Track listing[edit]


  1. "Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)"
  2. "Ain't No Nigga"
  3. "Bring It On"



  1. "Ain't No Nigga"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 

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