Hopefully, nobody has taken the second verse of the Jay-Z hit "99 Problems" as legal advice. Caleb Mason, a law professor at Saint Louis University, broke down Hov's lines in the second verse of the song one by one, explaining the legal situation for each bar in a recent essay he released. Hov starts off within the law in the beginning of the verse, but eventually he fails to understand a crucial part of the law involving probable cause.
"Do you mind if I look around the car a little bit?/ Well, my glove compartment is locked, so is the trunk in the back/ And I know my rights so you gon' need a warrant for that" - Jay-Z
"If this essay serves no other purpose," Caleb explains, "I hope it serves to debunk, for any readers who persist in believing it , the myth that locking your trunk will keep the cops from searching it. Based on the number of my students who arrived at law school believing that if you lock your trunk and glove compartment, the police will need a warrant to search them, I surmise that it's even more widespread among the law public. But it's completely, 100% wrong. There is no warrant requirement of car searches."
Hopefully more professors will weigh in on the hip hop world and provide knowledge like this.