MTV: “99 Problems” is a graphic video. You see everything from naked men in prison to pit bulls fighting, and at the end you’re essentially being shot and killed. What made you decide to do that scene?
Jay-Z: First of all, I want to say no rappers were harmed in the making of that video. … I really just wanted to … do powerful images in Brooklyn. The last two videos, I mean, they’re cool, but I was pretty much just going through the motions. [This time] I was like, “Man, we can’t shoot the same old thing.” So I called Mark Romanek … he’s like the director’s director. Every director is like, “Mark is the one.” He’s the best right now.
Watch the “graphic” uncut video: Windows Media
Really, the only controversy is Vincent Gallo’s cameo.