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 singles chronology
"Money, Cash, Hoes (Remix)"
"Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)"
"Jigga My Nigga"
Amil singles chronology
"Can I Get A..."
"Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)"
"Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)"
Big Jaz singles chronology
"Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)"
"Let's Go"

"Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)" is a single by 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.


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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