The Big Issue In Jay-Z's 'Big Pimpin' Lawsuit
Jay-Z's '90s anthem is the subject of a lawsuit that accuses him of infringing on "moral rights."By Cody LaGrow | October 15, 2015
Ah, 1999 — a year where Jay-Z opted for a bucket hat instead of Beyonce. Mr. Carter was truly "Big Pimpin'" on his yacht full of bikini-clad women and champagne showers. But 16 years later, this '90s anthem has got Hova in hot water.
Jay-Z and producer Timbaland —both behind the song "Big Pimpin" — are being accused of copyright infringement. The distinct beat from that song stems from the song "Khosara Khosara," the work of an Egyptian composer named Baligh Hamdi. Now, Hamdi's heirs are in court after filing a lawsuit in 2007, saying the hip-hop duo violated the rights of the song.
You see, when Timbaland first heard "Khosara Khosara," he thought it was public domain. Timbaland then sampled it and turned it into one of Jay-Z's greatest hits. But when the song became a sensation, foreign music company EMI contacted Jay-Z and Timbaland to pay up.