“‘99 Problems’ is almost a deliberate provocation to simpleminded listeners. If that sounds crazy, you have to understand: Being misunderstood is almost a badge of honor in rap. Growing up as a black kid from the projects, you can spend your whole life being misunderstood, followed around department stores, looked at funny, accused of crimes you didn’t commit, accused of...
… and it might be hard to handle
shibboleth |ˈ sh ibəliθ; -ˌleθ| noun a custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people, esp. a long-standing one regarded as outmoded or no longer important : the party began to break with the shibboleths of the left. ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Hebrew šibbōle t ‘ear of corn,’ used as a test of nationality by its difficult pronunciation (Judg. 12:6).