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Illustration: Ali Graham brings Jay-Z’s 99 problems to life on amazing blog

In the USA there is something called the McArthur Fellowship awarded to those who “show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work.” It’s more colloquially known as the Genius Grant. Now I’m not sure how many of the selection panel are big It’s Nice That fans, but if you’re reading this then feel free to take the rest of the day off because I have just sorted one of the next batch out for you. Illustrator Ali Graham has started a daily blog called 99 Problems on which he is posting a picture of Jay-Z in the throes of one of said problems, ranging from brain freeze to bad restaurant service, soap in the eye to broken umbrella (ella, ella). Some have a tangential connection to the rapper’s songs (giving free reign to some top-notch punning) but for the most part it’s just a blisteringly random selection of mundane niggles. Suffice to say we love it.

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Ali Graham: 99 Problems

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Ali Graham: 99 Problems

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Ali Graham: 99 Problems

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Ali Graham: 99 Problems

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Ali Graham: 99 Problems

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Ali Graham: 99 Problems

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Ali Graham: 99 Problems

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Ali Graham: 99 Problems

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Ali Graham: 99 Problems