Points Of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer

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"Points Of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer"
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Song by Linkin Park & Jay-Z from the album Collision Course
Recorded 2004
Released November 30, 2004
Length 4:55
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 95
Key Eb Minor -> C# Minor
References Ice-T - 99 Problems
Live debut July 18, 2004
Last played February 18, 2005
Writer Billy Squier, Brad Delson, Chester Bennington, Felix Pappalardi, Jay-Z, John Ventura, Joseph Hahn, Leslie Weinstein, Mike Shinoda, Norman Landsberg, Rob Bourdon
Producer Linkin Park, Jay-Z
Label Warner Bros.

Collision Course track listing
  1. Dirt Off Your Shoulder/Lying From You
  2. Big Pimpin'/Papercut
  3. Jigga What/Faint
  4. Numb/Encore
  5. Izzo/In The End
  6. Points Of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer

Background

"Points Of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer" is a mash-up between "99 Problems" from Jay-Z's The Black Album and two songs from Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory, "Points Of Authority" and "One Step Closer".

The idea for the track was inspired by a mash-up made by a DJ who went by the handle "AL-B" in early 2004. His mash-up used the songs "99 Problems", "One Step Closer" and "1stp Klosr". It gained enough attention to receive airplay on numerous radio stations. Many people thought it was an official remix at the time, and after Collision Course came out, many people thought it was a Collision Course demo. The last one was perpetuated by the existence of an internal Warner Bros. Records CD containing a clean and an explicit version of his mash-up.[1]

Speaking to Soundslam on December 2004, Mike Shinoda said, "My favorite part of doing this project was doing Jay’s first verse on “99 Problems.” I felt crazy suggesting it to him at first, like, “hey, I was thinking you could let me rap your part here.” I had to get my confidence up to suggest that one. But I recorded it, played it for him, and he was feeling it, so we were all good."[2]

The chorus of "99 Problems" is a reference to "99 Problems" by Ice-T.

Versions

Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Studio

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Points Of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer Collision Course 4:55 2004 November 30, 2004
  • Official mash-up with Jay-Z.
Points Of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer Collision Course (Clean) 4:55 2004 November 30, 2004
99 Steps Klosr (Explicit) Linkin Park/Jay-Z Mix 3:52 2004 Summer 2004
  • Mash-up of Jay-Z's "99 Problems" and Linkin Park's "One Step Closer" and "1stp Klosr" made by a DJ called AL-B prior to the release of Collision Course.
  • While this isn't an official remix, it was discovered that Warner Bros. Records had an internal CD containing it.
  • The CD dates from May 19, 2004.
99 Steps Klosr (Edited) Linkin Park/Jay-Z Mix 3:52 2004 Summer 2004
  • Clean version.

Live

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Points Of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer Collision Course July 18, 2004 November 30, 2004
  • Censored.
  • DVD only.

Live

"Points Of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer" debuted at the MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups event in West Hollywood, California, along with the rest of the Collision Course tracks. Linkin Park and Jay-Z had to play each of the album's tracks twice due to lighting messing up. Technically, this song was the first one besides the regular "One Step Closer" to close a Linkin Park show.

The song was performed once more after this event, in 2005 at the Music For Relief: Rebuilding South Asia event where it closed the setlist. It has not been performed since.

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